Sunday, April 18, 2010
– Blake Shelton won his first Academy of Country Music Award Saturday - Vocal Event Of The Year category with his friend Trace Adkins for their number one 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 10 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."
"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."
Other nominees were:
Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn featuring Billy Gibbons (Arista Nashville) Producer: Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride
I Told You So - Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis (19/Arista Nashville) Producer: Mark Bright
I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews (Blue Chair/BNA) Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Seeing Stars - Jack Ingram featuring Patty Griffin (Big Machine Records) Produced by: Jack Ingram, Jeremy Stover
The rest of the ACM awards will be handed out Sunday night from Las Vegas.