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Blake Shelton came away a big winner at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards and couldn't help but gush over his love, Gwen Stefani, in his acceptance speech.

The 44-year-old star, who seemed visibly surprised -- thanked Stefani, 50, while accepting his hardware for single of the year for “God’s Country" for "encouraging me" and "for being my inspiration.


“Thank you God!" the country star added from Los Angeles.


Shelton and Stefani also performed at this year’s awards ceremony with a duet of their single “Happy Anywhere” which they played on a green-screened Bluebird Cafe.


Shelton’s win marked his sixth ACM win in 24 nominations.

The awards show was postponed from April because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Julius is an LA Entertainment Reporter for Fox News.

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Taylor Swift paired a sequin-covered turtleneck with khaki pants for her first Academy of Country Music Awards performance in 7 years

Taylor Swift made her return to the ACM Awards for a performance of "Betty." Taylor Swift/YouTube

  • On Wednesday, Taylor Swift performed her song "Betty" at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, for her first Academy of Country Music Awards performance in seven years. 
  • She arrived wearing a Stella McCartney ensemble, which included a turtleneck covered in maroon sequins and khaki pants with short, pink stripes on each shin.
  • For shoes, she donned strappy, black kitten heels with gold chains around each ankle.
  • Swift did her own hair and makeup for her performance, according to People, opting for a bun paired with minimal beauty products.
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Taylor Swift made her return to the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday to perform her song "Betty" from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Swift, who last performed at the ACM Awards seven years ago, arrived to the event wearing Stella McCartney from top to bottom. She donned a turtleneck covered in maroon sequins, khaki pants with short, pink stripes down each shin, and strappy, black kitten heels with gold chains around each ankle.

The pieces are currently unavailable to purchase, and it's unclear if Swift's ensemble was custom-made for her. Representatives for Stella McCartney did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment when asked for further information about her outfit.

Her look was designed entirely by Stella McCartney. TASRIGHTSMANAGEMENT2020/Getty Images

As People reported, Swift is said to have done her own hair and makeup for the performance. She wore a curly bun with bangs, and minimal makeup that included rosy cheeks and peach-colored lipstick.

The singer's beauty look was almost identical to her style in her "Cardigan" music video, for which she also did her own hair and makeup to comply with social-distancing measures.

The music video for “cardigan” will premiere tonight, which I wrote/directed. A million thank you’s to my brilliant, bad ass video team - cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, producer Jil Hardin, executive producer Rebecca Skinner, AD Joe ‘Oz’ Osbourne, editor Chancler Haynes, special effects wizards David Lebensfeld & Grant Miller, and set designer Ethan Tobman. The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling ????

A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 23, 2020 at 5:08am PDTJul 23, 2020 at 5:08am PDT


Swift's sparkling look is a departure from the bold ensembles she's worn to previous ACM Awards appearances.

In 2014, she walked the red carpet in a two-piece set designed by J. Mendel. Her white crop top had two small cutouts across each shoulder, and her black, floor-length skirt had a thigh-high slit. Swift completed the look with black sandals, dangling earrings, a gold bangle, and curled hair that sat just above her shoulders.

She walked the 2014 ACM Awards red carpet in a J. Mendel ensemble. Frazer Harrison/ACMA2014/Getty Images

One year later, Swift accepted the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from her mom while wearing a blue, sleeveless gown with cutouts at the waist. The dress, designed by Reem Acra, also had a thigh-high slit.

She paired the look with platform heels, silver rings, hoop earrings, and a sleek updo.

Taylor Swift walks the stage at the 2015 ACM Awards. Kevin Winter/ACM2015/Getty Images

You can watch a recording of Taylor Swift's 2020 ACM Awards performance here. 

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