RARE COUNTRY AWARDS: Watch the recap of this year's award winners and live performances by Kane Brown, LANCO & RaeLynn
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Just when we thought Blake Shelton’s year couldn’t get any better, he went and proved us wrong. The country music superstar and five-time winning “The Voice” coach has officially been named Male Artist of the Year in the second annual Rare Country Awards.

This is Blake’s second victory in the fan-voted category, which means he’s no stranger to the prize. And just as he did last year, he made sure to thank all of his fans for their love and support.

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“I could not be happier than to be the recipient of the Rare Country Male Artist of the Year award. I am completely humbled by my fans, and the people who vote for me out there. They never let me down,” Blake told his supporters in a heartwarming video message shared during the livestreamed concert event held Dec. 14 at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville. “So, thank you so much to the fans. Thank you Rare Country for having this opportunity for artists like me, and hopefully you guys are having a great night. Thank you fans. I love you.”

Blake also was honored with a second Rare Country Award, that one in the Fan Moment of the Year category for his adorable interaction with a special 7-year-old fan, Daisy Prescott, during a New Orleans tour stop. Daisy was on hand at the Rare Country Awards to cheer on the performers — Kane Brown, LANCO and Blake’s friend RaeLynn.

This year alone, the 41-year-old country crooner scored his 24th No. 1 hit with “Every Time I Hear That Song,” a track that’s featured on his 2016 album, “If I’m Honest.” He also released his 11th studio album, “Texoma Shore,” in November, and became the first country artist to ever nab the all-genre People’s Choice Award for Favorite Album of the Year. To top that off, “People” magazine crowned him 2017’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

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And, if that’s not enough reason to explain why Blake’s fans voted the trophy into his hands, there’s plenty more. You see, over the past 12 months — and actually long before that — Blake has thought a lot about his fans. For those who can’t wait to see him perform live, he announced that, in 2018, he will head out on his headlining “Country Music Freaks” tour with special guests Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and pal Trace Adkins. And let’s not forget that he recently opened up a new live entertainment venue and restaurant in his hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The space, which is fittingly called Ole Red Tishomingo, is the first of more to come. A second location in downtown Nashville is already in the works.

We have a hunch Blake and his love, Gwen Stefani, will be talking about how great Blake’s awards look in his trophy case for years to come! Congratulations, Blake.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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