George Strait Reflects on Past CMA Awards Wins [Watch]
George Strait has had no shortage of accolades and awards throughout his career, and in a video interview with the Country Music Association, the legend opens up about his 1985 CMA Awards win for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Video footage shows a shocked Strait hearing his name announced as winner and walking to the podium to accept his honor.
"Do I look nervous?" he asks. "I really appreciate this very much. I'll never forget this night as long as I live."
After thanking his wife and record label, Strait's mind apparently went blank before he thanked the CMA for the honor.
"It's always a surprise to win," he says in a recent interview as he watches the footage from 30 years ago. "I don't care what you're up for, me, anyway, I don't think I'm ever going to win. Male Vocalist, it was a surprise, especially back then. That's a pretty special award to win."
A clip of Blake Shelton winning Male Vocalist of the Year in 2010 follows Strait's win. "It's about 34 years worth of steps right there for me," Shelton said in 2010 during his acceptance speech. "This is a really big deal for me."
Shelton recalls the win six years ago as if it was yesterday.
"I really honestly thought that my chance for awards and things like that had passed," he admits. "I was thankful for the time that I was having in the music industry and having hits on the radio. I just didn't think that I was ever going to be one of those artists that earned a trophy like that and I already accepted that years before it ever happened. So, the fact that it happened that late in my career made it that much more exciting and I think I was able to appreciate that moment."
The 2016 CMA Awards air Nov. 2 on ABC.
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