Country music superstar Blake Shelton took home the biggest country award of the evening at last night’s Billboard Music Awards, winning the Top Country Artist award. The awards are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. “I know this award is based on streaming and record sales and ticket sales and that all happens because of the fans,” said Shelton. “So I consider this a fan voted award and I couldn’t be more thankful and happy.”
Earlier this year Shelton became the first country artist to ever win the all-genre Favorite Album of the Year category at the People’s Choice Awards where he was also named Favorite Male Country Artist. Next moth he will take the stage at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville as a Male Video of the Year nominee, and he’ll perform his Top 10 and climbing single “Every Time I Hear That Song.”
Shelton’s latest album, If I’m Honest, was the best-selling album in U.S. the week of release and ended 2016 as the best-selling country release of the year. The album yielded two No. 1 singles with “Came Here To Forget” and “A Guy With A Girl” and featured three songs he wrote.
His passion for country music is on display weekly as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning The Voice where he uses his platform to introduce the audience to a wide range of country songs and artists like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Patti Loveless and Carrie Underwood, to name a few. He has also called upon some of country’s biggest names as key advisors thought out the years including Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and most recently Luke Bryan. Season 12 of The Voice wraps on Tuesday, May 23.
ABOUT BLAKE SHELTON
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His most recent album, If I’m Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart, and is the best-selling country album release of 2016. His current Top 10 single “Every Time I Hear That Song” follows two #1 smash hits, “Came Here To Forget” and “A Guy With A Girl,” the latter of which became his 23rd chart-topping song. The album features three songs written by Shelton, including the gospel tinged “Savior’s Shadow,” “Friends,” which is also featured in the #1 film, The Angry Birds Movie, and “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” a song he wrote and performs with Gwen Stefani.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, which most recently include Favorite Country Male Artist at the American Music Awards as well as the first-ever Male Artist of the Year. In 2017 he became the first country artist to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his win for Favorite Male Country Artist. He was just nominated for a pair of Billboard Music Awards for Top Country Artist and Top Country Album and a CMT Music Award for Male Video of the Year. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show, The Voice, Shelton is the reigning and five-time champion, most recently with his contestant Sundance Head. He recently wrapped his headlining 2017 “Doing It To Country Songs” Tour.
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