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Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood top Rare Country Awards for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood scored two awards each in the Rare Country Awards, it was announced Dec. 14 at a livestreamed concert event in Nashville. Blake won Male Artist and Fan Moment of the Year, while Carrie was named Female Artist of the Year, and also won for her collaboration with Reba McEntire in the Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year category.

All of the night’s winners were chosen by Rare Country readers, who hit the internet hard, casting well over a million votes this year.

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Hosted by The New 93Q Houston’s Christi Brooks and Y100 San Antonio’s JR Jaus, the Rare Country Awards featured performances by Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn, with appearances via video by Blake, Carrie, Reba and Luke Bryan – winner of Tour of the Year. Additional winners included Brett Young for New Artist, Little Big Town for Duo/Group and Thomas Rhett for Story of the Year.

Before Kane took the stage with the night’s closing performance, he was surprised with the Duet of the Year award for the song “What Ifs,” which he shares with childhood friend Lauren Alaina. Kane was the recipient of Rare Country’s New Artist award last year.

The hour-long awards show and concert is available for viewing at RareCountryAwards.com.

“I could not be happier then to be the recipient of the Rare Country Male Artist of the Year awards,” Blake said in his video acceptance. “I am completely humbled by my fans, and the people who vote for me out there. They never let me down. So, thank you so much to the fans [and] thank you Rare Country for having this opportunity for artists like me.”

In her acceptance, Carrie said, “Thank you so much for voting for me for the Rare Country Awards Female Artist. Thank you Rare Country and thank you fans. You guys have been so good to me this year and it has been a pretty busy year, so thank you very much. This is an incredible Christmas present. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and I’ll see you guys out there in 2018. I think that’s going to be a pretty awesome year, too.”

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Luke said, “I want to thank all of my fans that went out there and voted and made my tour the Rare Country Awards Tour of the Year. Thanks again. It’s been an amazing year, and we’ll see you in 2018.” Luke’s win was for his “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour.”

Reba told her fans via video, “Hey, thanks very much, y’all are so sweet. Thanks to Rare Country, to the Opry, to all my fans, I appreciate y’all more than you know.”

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Here’s the full list of winners for the 2017 Rare Country Awards:

Female Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year
Blake Shelton

Duo/Group of the Year
Little Big Town

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Grand Ole Opry® Moment of the Year
Reba Celebrates her 40th Opry Anniversary feat. Carrie Underwood “Does He Love You”

New Artist of the Year
Brett Young

Tour of the Year
Luke Bryan – Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day Tour

Duet of the Year
Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina “What Ifs”

Story of the Year
Thomas Rhett’s Fairy Tale Year

Fan Moment of the Year
Blake Shelton’s Big Easy Hug

Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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