Blake Shelton Talks About How It Feels To Be An Award Nominee With ‘Best Friend’ Gwen Stefani (Exclusive)

Blake Shelton loves being nominated for awards with his fiancee, Gwen Stefani! ET’s Cassie DiLaura spoke with the 44-year-old singer in honor of the opening of his Ole Red restaurant’s Orlando location, and was excited about the prospect of receiving an Academy of Country Music award alongside Stefani at the ceremony for this year.

The engaged couple is up for the Music Event of the Year category for their song “Nobody But You.” The nomination marks Stefani’s first ACM nod. Shelton and Stefani previously won a CMT Music Award for the song.

“I texted him this morning on the way here. I wish he were here with me,” he said. “… I said, ‘I can’t believe I’m nominated for awards with my best friend.’ … How can you be so blessed and so lucky? It’s amazing.”

After ET spoke with Shelton, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice were announced as the category winners for their song, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. During the ET talk, Shelton joked about how he and Stefani would feel if they lost the award.

“I don’t know what our chances are of winning that thing, but if we don’t win, we’ll know it’s rigged,” he joked.

While he may not be a 2021 ACM winner, Shelton is still ready to take the stage at Sunday’s ceremony in Nashville. Shelton will perform a mix of his songs, “Austin” and “Minimal Wage,” the first of which, his debut single, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

During ET’s talk with Shelton, he marveled at his two-decade career.

“I wanted to be a country singer on the radio and I really had no plans or goals beyond that,” Shelton said. “… I had ‘Austin’, it was a huge hit. Then we went out the door and stumbled, we had some songs that flopped, we came back with ‘Old Red’ and it was kind of a hit. Then we had some flops and I realized, man, doing more than a minute in this business, you’ve done something. [right]. “

Shelton noted that having a song on the charts 20 years after its debut makes him the “luckiest guy in country music.”

“I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know,” he said. “… I have a lot of my friends who came out at the same time as me and had amazing careers, but they didn’t last that long. I see them as way more talented and better than anything else I do. So I just know luck. that I had. [I] I guess I made good decisions along the way and surrounded myself with people I trust and who are good at what they do. “

The 56th ACM Awards will air live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18 at 8 / 7c on CBS. Here’s how to view ACM Awards.

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