Shelton accepted his award as one of the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year on Wednesday, and referenced his tumultuous year.
"I want to thank my entire team," Shelton said onstage. "There's too many people to stand up here and name, but more importantly this has been a crazy year from the way it started to the way it's ending so awesome for me, so thank y'all. This is a great way to end it for me. Thank you so much."
Fellow country stars Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan were also honored at the event. Coincidentally, Shelton's ex, Lambert, accepted the award last year.
Lambert spoke out about life after Shelton in an interview with Cosmopolitan, saying, "I had a great relationship with an amazing man, so I know what good is. I have a great launching pad for the future. I will never take that for granted."