Blake Shelton is nothing if not self-aware. While discussing the familiarity that is inherent to the CMA Awards — and the country music community in general — last night on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the “Gonna” singer acknowledged that this year’s awards could be interesting in light of his July divorce from Miranda Lambert.
“This year’s gonna be awkward at the CMAs, speaking of jokes,” Shelton told Meyers, anticipating the one-liners that will be told at his expense during co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s opening monologue. “There’s gotta be one about me and Miranda. Brad Paisley is not doing his job if he doesn’t look down [at me in the audience] and go, ‘Ha-ha!’ He’s gotta do it. . . You have to address the elephant in the room.”
And Shelton told Paisley he’s happy to be fair game. “We’ve had conversations like, ‘OK dude, I’ll go sit there and let you kick me in the face a few times.’ I know it’s coming,” he said, summing up the friendly vibe of Nashville. “If you’re in the country industry, it really is a family —a big, inbred family
Shelton is nominated in two categories at the 49th CMAs: Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year, for his duet with Ashley Monroe “Lonely Tonight.” The awards air live from Nashville Wednesday, November 4th, at 8:00 p.m./ET on ABC.