Blake Shelton’s Top 5 Now Moments
Blake Shelton is one of country music’s most recognizable names, and not just for chart topping hits like “God Gave Me You,” “Honey Bee,” and “Home.” His TV presence has garnered fans outside of the regular boot stomping country crowd and his slew of number one singles and charity ventures have helped solidify him as a country-bred global celebrity who isn’t slowing down anytime soon. To celebrate his decade-long career in the spotlight, we rounded up Blake Shelton’s Top 5 Now Moments.
1. “Austin” Reaches No. 1 On Billboard Charts
When Shelton left his home in Ada, Oklahoma at age 17 and traveled to Nashville without much more than a suitcase and a guitar, he couldn’t have guessed that it would be only a few short years before he recorded his first No. 1 song. In 2001, “Austin” was released off of his self-titled debut album. The heartbreaking love song shot up the charts to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs ranking, and refused to move for five weeks.
2. Reality TV Debut in 2007
Remember Nashville Star? It’s been awhile since the show’s six season run, but the cable network hit was where Shelton got his start judging reality competitions. He first appeared as a judge in the fifth season. As a judge on Nashville Star, Shelton was given the opportunity to go beyond winning awards with his own microphone. Now, he could coach others to do the same.
3. Three-Time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
The 2010 CMA awards were the beginning of a long winning streak for Shelton, when he brought home the CMA title for Male Vocalist of the Year for the first of three consecutive years.
4. “Over You” Wins Song of the Year
In 2012, newlyweds Shelton and Lambert co-wrote “Over You”, a tearful song that details Shelton’s experience of losing his older brother, who died in a car crash when Shelton was 14. Lambert recorded the song, and the pair went on to win the Song of the Year award at the CMA’s that same year. Shelton also booted out heavy hitters including Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean to pick up the CMA’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year award for the first time.
5. Healing In The Heartland
In the wake of the recent tornado devastation in Shelton’s home state of Oklahoma, the country music star used his power to organize a charity benefit concert called “Healing in the Heartland”. Headliners included Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, and Rascal Flatts, and the concert amassed over 6 million dollars to help in relief aid. The best part? Shelton closed the concert out by singing a duet of “Home” with none other than Usher.