CMA Awards Artist Spotlight: BLAKE SHELTON

Blake claims his first CMA Male Vocalist of the Year trophy in 2010.

Five nominations for “The 45th CMA Awards” (Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8|7c on ABC) is par for the course for megastar Blake Shelton who is riding a wave of success…and ringing the virtues of Country Music along the way. The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year is nominated for the honor again in 2011, while also securing nods for Album of the Year (All About Tonight), Single and Music Video (both for “Honey Bee”), and his first-ever nomination for Entertainer of the Year, where he’s acknowledged along with fellow top nominees Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, plus Keith Urban.

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No one can argue that 2011 has been a golden year for Blake Shelton. Not only did he release one of the year’s most highly anticipated Country albums (Red River Blue) and serve up some good old southern charm as a coach on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” but he also wed his longtime companion, the radiant reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert.

A consistent Country force with hits including “Austin,” “The Baby,” “Some Beach” and “Home,” Shelton earned some long overdue exposure in 2011 with the success of “The Voice” and the arrival of his sixth full-length studio album. Released July 12, Red River Blue sold more than 116,000 units its first week, placing it at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Top Country Albums charts.  The record accelerated out of the gate on the strength of fan and radio response to first single “Honey Bee,” his ninth No. 1 and newly-CMA nominated. The album’s second single, “God Gave Me You,” is a powerful tribute to one’s better half. The poignant hit is already Top 15 and climbing.

As a coach on “The Voice” alongside Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine, Shelton won the hearts of contestants and viewers alike with his warm charisma and playful personality. His team succeeded throughout the inaugural season, and his protegee Dia Frampton placed 2nd in the competition. Proving himself as a loyal and compassionate mentor, a visibly-moved Shelton proclaimed Frampton as “family” to him after watching her duet performance of “The House That Built Me” with new-wife Lambert, whom he wed in a ceremony in May in Texas.

Blake and Trace perform "Hillbilly Bone" at the 2011 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Shelton performed at the 2011 CMA Music Festival in June, where he brought the sold-0ut stadium crowd to its feet by welcoming Trace Adkins for the duo’s 2010 Musical Event of the Year “Hillbilly Bone” and by offering a medley of cover tunes that included Wild Cherry‘s “Play That Funky Music,” the J. Geils Band‘s“Centerfold” and Bobby Brown‘s “My Prerogative.” Shelton’s currently touring throughout the U.S. through October, and he is signed to a second season of “The Voice,” set to premiere in January 2012.

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About Cory Chapman

@CountryMusic marketing exec. Animal lover. Social liberal. Half-marathoner. TV ratings tracker. Dig @BestBuy, @Target, @EW, travel, cruising, fitness & @Reba.
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