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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert ‘Shocked’ by CMA Awards 2011 Wins

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Miranda Lambert giggled, Blake Shelton grinned, and the most famous newlyweds in Nashville said they can’t believe they won Female and Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the CMA for the second consecutive year.

The wins cap a whirlwind year for the couple that wed in May and have had career success after career success in the months prior to and since their nuptials. In the press room after the awards, the couple couldn’t stop smiling.

“I am beyond shocked! As shocked as I was last year, in the back of your mind you think — last year anyways — ‘Maybe I’ll win this because I’m the underdog — people in the industry feel sorry for me after all these years,’” Shelton told Access Hollywood backstage at the show. “Then it happened. So this year I thought, ‘Well, they’re not going to play that card again!’”

Shelton seemed almost as excited that movie star and Nashville native Reese Witherspoon presented him with this year’s award as he was at winning it.

“When Reese called my name, especially with her standing there, it was like something from a movie. It really was. It’s crazy,” he said.

Shelton added that Lambert was equally stunned by the win.

“Miranda came and she sat down next to me [after accepting her award] and goes, ‘Is this crazy? Did you pay somebody or something?’ I go, ‘No. I don’t know what to say,’” Shelton said with a laugh. “Being CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year one time is enough to make everything worth it. To be that twice is … listen to me, I’m speechless.”


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