“I know that somewhere out there,” Blake Shelton said at Wednesday’s (Jan. 18) People’s Choice Awards, “there’s someone going, ‘I mean, how did he win album of the year? Like, isn’t that just a country album full of stereotypical drinking and cheating and tailgates?’ And to that person, I say, ’You’re damn right it is!’”
That’s what Shelton said during his acceptance speech after If I’m Honest won the all-genre category for favorite album, a category that included Rihanna’s Anti, Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman, Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Drake’s Views.
He also picked up favorite male country artist, making Shelton the night’s lead country winner. He accepted his trophies following the award show premiere of “Every Time I Hear That Song” while girlfriend Gwen Stefani watched from the celebrity-filled audience.
The two fan-voted wins were a major victory for Shelton considering the fact that both Lemonade and Views are up for album of the year at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12. If I’m Honest was left out of the top Grammy category, as well as best country album category.
Shelton’s Doing It to Country Songs Tour picks up Feb. 16 in Bakersfield, California, with RaeLynn.