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Blake Shelton may have technically won the trophy for Fan Moment of the Year at the Dec. 14 Rare Country Awards, but he immediately and graciously turned the win — and the limelight — over to one of his cutest and littlest fans.

Blake had been nominated for his interaction with 7-year-old fan Daisy Prescott, a special girl who has been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). The two met at a May 28 festival in Daisy’s home state of Louisiana, and shared a sweet and memorable hug that still has Daisy flying high to this day.

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So, when their interaction was named Fan Moment of the Year during the livestreamed Rare Country Awards concert at Nashville’s Acme Feed & Seed, Blake appeared via video and immediately turned the spotlight over to Daisy.

“I just found out that I won the Fan Moment of the Year from the Rare Country Awards,” Blake said. “I’m completely shocked and honored. I never won anything like that, but I gotta say, that that award belongs to Daisy Prescott, because she is the star, and anybody would want to have a chance to meet her. I love that little girl, and I hope she’s doing good, and thank you to all the fans that voted for me, but that’s Daisy’s award.”

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The cameras immediately cut to Daisy, clad in a sparkly sequined dress with matching penguin purse. She chatted with show hosts and Texas radio personalities Christi Brooks and JR Jaus about the award, which she called “so cool.” As for Blake, Daisy declared him “amazing,” and confirmed to JR that he’s both super tall, and also a good hugger. After declaring that she was having “so much fun” on her Nashville visit, Daisy was put to work by JR, who gave her the task of introducing the show’s next performer, Kane Brown. LANCO and RaeLynn also performed during the show.

The following day, Daisy posted about the magical moment on Twitter, writing, “Hey Blake Shelton, thanks you for your message to me last night, and thank you for looking for me and our big hug in NOLA. I love you.”

And in that moment, thousands of country music fans watching the show likely fell in love with Daisy, too!

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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