Blake Shelton wins his first Academy of Country Music Award. Last night, Shelton’s world changed as he won an ACM Award in the Vocal Event Of The Year category with his longtime friend Trace Adkins for their No. 1 single, “Hillbilly Bone.” The award was given to Shelton and Adkins in an off-camera award presentation last night by Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music.
“This has been an amazing year for me,” said Shelton. “If you would have asked me ten years ago when I started out that I would have an Academy of Country Music Award and a performance on the award show, I would have thought you were pulling my leg.” Shelton continues, “I have to thank Trace above everyone. Winning an award with your friend makes it even more special. My managers Brandon and Narvel Blackstock who have helped guide me on this wonderful and wild ride. Of course everyone in my band and crew. A lot of these guys have been with me from the beginning. Country radio for consistently supporting me and playing my songs. The Warner Music Nashville family for not being afraid to try new things with me. Scott Hendricks, my producer, who found “Hillbilly Bone.” And of course the best for last….my fans. I love you guys!!”