“This is crazy,” Blake said from stage, with fans appearing via Zoom behind him. “It is absolutely insane, and I’m so grateful that we were able to have this awards show, in spite of everything. I want to accept this on behalf of my record label, Warner Nashville, because I don’t want to spend a bunch of time thanking my team. I think my team should be thanking all the fans out there who voted for this thing. I don’t spend a lot of time on social media anymore, but when I do look at it, all I see is fans that are retweeting and voting for, lately for the People’s Choice Awards, so thank you so much.
“I love my fans and I love country music fans, and I love the People’s Choice Awards,” he continued. “Also, thank you to my new fiancee, Gwen Stefani. Her name is Gwen Stefani. That’s S-t-e-f-a-n-i, if you need to Google it to figure out who she is. Thanks for the inspiration and I love you guys, thank you.”
The “Happy Anywhere” singer previously praised fan-voted awards, after winning the CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year, with Gwen, for their platinum-selling, No. 1 duet, “Nobody But You.”
“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,” Blake said at the time. “Because you guys are the ones who buy the records, you come to the shows, and you vote on all these things. We love you so much.”
Blake and Gwen announced their engagement in October, after five years of dating.
“Hey [Gwen Stefani] thanks for saving my 2020…And the rest of my life,” Blake captioned a photo shared on social media, of the No Doubt singer showing off her diamond ring. “I love you. I heard a YES!”
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 27, 2020
Blake was nominated for the People’s Choice Award for Country Artist of 2020 along with Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.