Blake Shelton Says Awards Shows Are “Beginning To Lose Credibility” In CMT Awards Acceptance Speech

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Blake calling out country music awards shows in the midst of accepting an award on one of the shittier country music awards shows… gotta love it.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani took home the CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year for their duet of “Nobody But You,” beating out the likes of Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay in the process.

And while they both appeared to be shocked that they won, it was Blake’s acceptance speech that left Gwen with an even more surprised look on her face:

“First of all, thank you to the fans… and I really do believe that these awards shows are beginning to lose credibility over the last few years and fan-voted awards, to me, are really the only stand-up awards shows left in our industry it feels like sometimes. Because you guys are the ones that buy the records, you come to the shows, and you vote on these things.”

And right after wrapping that up, he whipped out a nice vodka martini and continued thanking CMT and the fans once again for getting them the W.

I imagine this wasn’t exactly the kind of acceptance speech people were expecting from Blake, especially the folks over at the Country Music Association, but I can’t say I disagree on the credibility aspect. How can any country music awards show not have Tyler Childers involved and still be credible? Although, I’m just not quite sure what Blake’s reasoning would be.

Granted, Blake hasn’t won awards like he did during that 2010-2015 stretch when he was cleaning up everything, but he won a ACM earlier this year and a CMA award last year for “God’s Country,” (along with other nominations). So with all that in mind, I don’t want to simply chalk this comment up to bitterness because I don’t know if that’s it.

Is Blake fed up with the awards industry for other reasons? Is he looking for more traditional country? Is talking about the politics of it all? It’s anybody’s guess.

But also, let’s not forget that you’re winning a CMT Music Video Award for a song you did with your pop singer girlfriend… fan-voted or not, if we’re talking about credibility, this ain’t it man…

Either way, it was one of the more interesting moments of the night (there weren’t many), and hopefully we’ll get to hear Blake elaborate more on it soon.

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