Blake Shelton became the first country artist ever to win the People’s Choice award for Favorite Album, with his If I’m Honest taking the honor over LPs by Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Drake and Beyoncé. At the 43rd annual event in Los Angeles, Shelton also won his second consecutive award for Favorite Male Country Artist and debuted his upcoming single with a live performance of “Every Time I Hear That Song.” The nostalgic tune is the follow-up to Shelton’s 23rd Number One single, “A Guy With a Girl,” and the fifth release from the gold-certified LP.
If I’m Honest was Shelton’s first album post-divorce from Miranda Lambert and also features “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” co-written and sung with Gwen Stefani, Shelton’s fellow coach on The Voice, whom he began dating late in 2015.
“When I started going through what I went through last year, the last thing on my mind was making a record,” Shelton tells Rolling Stone Country. “I was trying to figure out how I was going to piece my life back together. And I figured out making this record helped me get that out of my system. But as I was making the record, other developments were happening. I was spending some time with Gwen all of a sudden, and she became my closest ally, my friend, my person in my life who had my back, and I had hers. And created this bond with somebody that I never would have thought in a million years.”