Oklahomans Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani blossom performing 'Purple Irises' on ACM Awards

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Pop icon Gwen Stefani dressed the part as she and her country superstar husband Blake Shelton performed their new duet "Purple Irises" Thursday night during the Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Oklahoma power couple, who make their home in Tishomingo, played their latest perky pop-country duet against a backdrop that resembled a stained glass bouquet of the titular flower.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton perform on May 16 at the 59th ACM Awards at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton perform on May 16 at the 59th ACM Awards at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.

Along with the beds of violet blossoms adorning the stage at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Stefani was dressed in a glittering purple outfit with a top that resembled a blooming flower.

The unabashedly romantic duet was produced by award-winning producer Scott Hendricks, a fellow Oklahoman and frequent Shelton collaborator, and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, at Smoakstack Studios. Stefani penned "Purple Irises" with Svante Halldin, Jakob Hazell and Niko Rubio.

An Ada native, Shelton and his wife have previously shared the mic on the platinum hits "Nobody But You" and "Happy Anywhere," which both topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

The couple, who married July 3, 2021, in Tishomingo, also have recorded together the poignant duet "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," which they debuted on "The Voice," where they met when they were both working as coaches, and the festive yuletide collaboration "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," from Stefani's holiday album of the same name.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton perform at the 59th ACM Awards at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2024.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton perform at the 59th ACM Awards at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Blake Shelton pays tribute to the late Toby Keith on the ACM Awards

Also on the ACM Awards, Shelton introduced the show's memorial tribute to fellow Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith, who died Feb. 5 at the age of 62 after a multi-year battle with stomach cancer.

"As a friend, a fan and a fellow Okie. I feel heartbroken and yet honored to be standing here tonight to remember a man who became one of the biggest country music stars of all time," Shelton said on the ACM Awards, which streamed live on Prime Video.

"Toby was a big star in every way. He sold more than 44 million albums, with 33 No. 1 hits and 14 ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. But in the end, the mark that Toby left was much more than just that. Toby was a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Tricia. He was a proud father to their three kids, and we're so honored and moved to have Tricia and the kids all here with us tonight."

With the Oklahoma music icon's family looking on from the audience, Jason Aldean delivered a heartfelt acoustic rendition of Keith's breakout hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” accompanied only by a string quartet and a pair of backup guitarists.

As part of the homage, Shelton also described Keith as "a great friend to me, and he was a real straight shooter who was larger than life."

How can fans rewatch the 59th ACM Awards?

Big winners on the 59th ACM Awards included Lainey Wilson, Chris Stapleton, Jelly Roll and Luke Combs.

Hosted by Oklahoma native Reba McEntire, the full rebroadcast of the 59th ACM Awards now is available to watch on Prime Video.

The awards show will be available to stream starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on the Amazon Music App and for free on Amazon Freevee.

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