Miranda Lambert took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 49th annual Country Music Association Awards Wednesday night. Her acceptance came just hours after news broke that her former husband Blake Shelton, also in attendance at the award show, confirmed his romance with NBC's "The Voice" co-star Gwen Stefani. While Lambert, 31, managed to rock the crowd with a strong performance earlier in the night she appeared visibly shaken during her acceptance speech.
Moments after it was announced that she had been chosen to accept the award, Lambert appeared on the stage wearing a bedazzled Chris Stapleton t-shirt and matching belt buckle. She gave a shout out to Stapleton and Justin Timberlake, who performed earlier in the evening, before thanking fans who voted for her to received the award. Lambert appeared to be fighting back tears as she told those in the audience and watching along at home that she "needed a bright spot this year," likely referencing her split from Shelton, 39.
"Thank you so much. I needed a bright spot this year. I love country music fans...But Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton," she said. "Thank you very much. Love y'all."
Shelton took the stage just a few performances before his ex-wife. He wowed the audience with a performance of his hit single "Gonna," making no reference to Lambert or Stefani. Shelton was also nominated for an award at the 2015 CMAs. He faced off against Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Stapleton and Dierks Bentley for Male Vocalist of the Year. Stapleton ultimately ended up winning the award.