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Blake Won’t Ask Trace for Advice


While Blake Shelton, who will co-host next month's Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire, is far from overly confident about his hosting abilities, he won't ask pal Trace Adkins, who hosted the American Country Awards in December, for advice.

"God no, Trace sucks," Blake tells "Trace just comes across as if he’s gonna whip everyone’s ass if they don’t laugh at his jokes."

Blake says Trace confided in him moments before he hit the stage at the ACAs. "We’re standing backstage together and he leaned over to me and said, 'I’m not going to be very funny,'" Blake recalls. "I said, 'Hell, man, don’t say that, this is gonna be cool.'"

Trace couldn't be convinced, according to Blake. "[He said,] 'No, you don’t understand, none of this is funny to me. How can I be funny if I don’t even think it’s funny?' I said, 'Man, you’re right. You’re probably gonna suck.'

"The good thing about Trace is people know Trace and they know his personality and they know his sense of humor and that’s why he’s able to make things like that work," Blake continues. "You want to see him be grumpy and yell at people as long as its not you."

Blake may have to contend with a grumpy Trace after Trace hears about Blake's assessment of his hosting skills. "When I say he did a crappy job, I mean capital C-rappy," Blake says. "It made him look even dumber than I know he is in real life."

For more on Blake's ACM gig, check out the April 4 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands March 28.

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