THE FANS HAVE SPOKEN

Country Weekly readers vote for their favorite stars

We asked, you voted, and the results are in. And the first annual Country Weekly Fan Favorite Awards were presented during Fan Fair to the stars you said were tops.

"It feels amazing!" gushed Martina McBride, who was voted Favorite Female Artist. "When the fans take the time to vote, and with all the choices they have they choose me -- it's a great feeling."

The winners expressed the thrill of getting an award from the folks who buy the records, see the shows and love the music most: the fans.

"Fans are the deal," declared Blake Shelton, who took the Favorite New Artist prize. He accepted his award in front of a group of his followers at his fan club party. "I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you guys on the road, on my website and through our good friends here at Country Weekly. It is an honor to have been voted your Favorite New Artist. Thanks."

And in the wake of Brooks & Dunn's Favorite Duo victory, Ronnie Dunn also lauded the fans. "These people, these fans, are loyal ? dependable," he said. "They make you want to work hard to give them something back. Country fans set the standard!"

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