Entries in Blake Shelton (13)


Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year at ACM Awards 

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LAS VEGAS) -- Lady Antebellum getting an award from KISS, in full makeup?  Ashton Kutcher singing a George Strait classic?  Toby Keith singing a duet with Carrot Top?  Bono introducing a number from “my friend, Dierks Bentley?”

No, it wasn’t some crazy dream — it was just another night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Taylor Swift took home her second straight Entertainer of the Year trophy, and for once, she didn’t make her famous “surprised face” — probably because co-host Blake Shelton made fun of it earlier in the evening. Accepting the award, Taylor gave a shout out to Kevin McGuire, the leukemia-stricken teen who was supposed to be her date for the show, but who had to be hospitalized and wasn’t able to make it.

“Kevin and all your family and friends, thank you for wanting to take me to the ACMs,” she said.  As for the award, she said, “I’m so happy about this!” and thanked her band and fans. Taylor is the second woman ever to win this award twice: the first was Carrie Underwood.

It was also a good night for country’s current power couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Miranda took home the Album of the Year trophy for her disc Four the Record, and it’s the third time she’s won that particular award.  The only other artists who’ve won it that many times are Alabama and George Strait.

“Seriously?” asked an unbelieving Miranda when she got onstage. “I’m so thrilled. I will never take this trophy for granted. My albums are my babies. It’s what makes me wake up in the mornings.”  Miranda also once again picked up the award for Female Vocalist, and while accepting that honor, she said, “I really am so humbled; I don’t know what to say.”  She added, “Thank you, Jesus, for giving me this gift I can share will all my fans.” Hoisting the trophy, she declared, “I’m so proud of country music and I love us all.  We deserve this!”

Blake, meanwhile, was named Male Vocalist of the Year. Noting that he’d been thinking of the lyrics of Dierks Bentley’s song Home, he added, “It’s been a long hard ride, and got a ways to go, and that’s still how I feel man, but I’m proud to take this home tonight.”

Kenny Chesney was the leading nominee going into Sunday night’s show, with a whopping nine nods, but he went home empty-handed.  Still, Kenny got his moment in the spotlight: he and Tim McGraw, his partner on the upcoming Brothers of the Sun summer tour, debuted their new collaboration Feel Like a Rock Star, the first single from Kenny’s upcoming album Welcome to the Fishbowl.

The much-hyped live wedding between real-life couple Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci took place onstage as planned, with the two saying their vows in the background, while Martina McBride and Train’s Pat Monahan sand a duet of Marry Me in front of them.  The audio of the ceremony was faded down while the two sang, but the audience did got to hear the couple say “I do” — or in this case “I will” –  and the official pronounce them husband and wife, adding, “Now, you may kiss your bride!”

Blake and Reba McEntire kept the performance-packed show — 24 in all, if you were counting — moving along, and got off a few good jokes in the opening.  They poked fun at Randy Travis’ DUI arrest and Tim Tebow’s alleged date with Taylor Swift, among other things, and also took some potshots at each other.

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Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown in Twitter Feud

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown have been battling in a public Twitter feud since the Grammy Awards last Sunday night.

On Monday, country singer Lambert, who is married to The Voice co-host Blake Shelton, tweeted: “And Chris Brown Twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl…Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen”

In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and is now serving five years of probation.

Brown was applauded by the Grammy audience, which included Rihanna, for his performance and win for best R&B album.  His performance resulted in some very disturbing tweets from fans, including things like, “I’d let Chris Brown beat me up.”

Brown responded to Miranda’s tweet with one he has since taken down saying, “Hate all you want because I got a Grammy now! That’s the ultimate f*** off”

On Wednesday Lambert tweeted back, “I’m done for now. But not for good :) nite love bugs & remember… Be who you are an stand for what u believe in. NO MATTER WHAT!”  later adding, “Oh and one more thing for all who are asking….I have a Grammy too:)”

In a concert Thursday night at the Amherst, Mass., Mullins Center, Lambert held up a handwritten poster that read, “Take notes Chris Brown” and said, “Listen, I just need to speak my mind.  Where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK.”

After the crowd applauded, she added, “So that’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun.”

She then sang her hit song Gunpowder and Lead, which is about a woman preparing to shoot her abusive husband: “I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun/ Wait by the door and light a cigarette/He wants a fight well now he’s got one/He ain’t seen me crazy yet.”

Many of Lambert’s songs, like White Liar and I Wanna Die are known to bash men.

In three separate tweets yesterday, Brown fired back, “Using my name to get publicity? I love it! Perform your heart out!  Go buy @miranda_lambert!  So motivational and “PERFECT.”  Goodnight to all the people who live life and who aren’t stuck in the past!”

Lambert has yet to respond to Brown’s tweets but Jack Osbourne, Michelle Branch and Eric Stonestreet have also expressed their disappointment in Brown’s Grammy acceptance.

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'The Voice' Finalists to Hit Road for Summer Concert Tour?

Michael Desmond/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Taking a lead from American Idol, NBC’s The Voice is planning a summer concert tour featuring the show’s eight finalists, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The report says a tour is in the works for finalists Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Nakia, Xenia, Casey Weston, and Frenchie Davis.  Multiple sources say organizers of the Live Nation Voice tour also wanted the show’s coaches -- Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera -- to join the finalists on the road but talks fell apart over compensation.

The two-night season finale of The Voice begins Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Tie the Knot

Michael Loccisano/WireImage(SAN ANTONIO) -- Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert tied the knot Saturday night at the Don Strange Ranch outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Lambert wore her mother's wedding dress for the ceremony.  Some 550 family members and friends were on hand for the nuptials, including Reba, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, The Bellamy Brothers, and Shelton's fellow judge on NBC's The Voice, Cee Lo Green.

Lambert told Us magazine after the ceremony, "I'm married to my best friend!  Looking forward to a lifetime of laughter."  Shelton added, "I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed.  Finally, it's official!"

Lambert and Shelton were engaged last May.

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Blake Shelton and Reba Announce Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert

Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM(ATOKA COUNTY, Okla.) -- Reba and Blake Shelton were both affected by the recent tornado disaster in Atoka County, Oklahoma. Reba grew up about 30 miles from the site of the worst damage, and Blake still lives in Tishomingo, which is about 50 miles from Atoka. That's why they've teamed up for a tornado relief concert set for May 26 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma.

Blake says, "Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and those people are family to us." Reba adds, "We wanted to do something and let the people of Oklahoma know that we love them, and we're praying for them during this difficult tragedy."

Tickets for the relief concert go on sale May 6 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can purchase by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at  All proceeds from the concert will go to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Fans can also text OKGIVE to 27722 to make a one-time donation of $10.

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NBC's Singing Competition 'The Voice' Premieres Tuesday

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Stand aside, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler -- Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Maroon 5's Adam Levine are about to give you a run for your money...they hope.

Aguilera, Levine and Green are three-quarters of the judging panel on the new NBC singing competition show The Voice, which premieres Tuesday.  The fourth judge is award-winning country star Blake Shelton.  Together, they'll serve as both judges and mentors for the new show, which is hosted by Carson Daly.

The gimmick on The Voice is that Aguilera, Levine, Green and Shelton will listen to the show's contestants with their backs turned to them.  Only if they like what they hear will they turn their chairs around and see the contestant.

If one judge turns their chair around, that contestant will be assigned to that judge's "team."  If more than one judge turns their chair around, the contestant will choose which judge's "team" they want to be on.

After each judge's team is complete, the judge will then mentor "their" contestants as they battle against each other by singing the same songs, and some are eliminated in the process.

In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete during live broadcasts, with the viewing audience having a say in who moves on.  The ultimate winner gets a record deal and $100,000.

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‘The Voice’ Adds Blake Shelton as Musician Coach

Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- Blake Shelton has signed on as the fourth musician coach on NBC's new talent competition The Voice, joining already announced stars Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green.

Each coach will choose the singers they want on their team and develop them as musical acts. America will then get to vote on which singers stay in the competition and which ones go home.

"I'm not sure the The Voice knows what they signed on for by bringing me on the show," Shelton said. "I know this for sure: Christina, Cee Lo, Adam, and I are going to have a blast, and I am extremely excited to be part of a show that recognizes true vocal talent."

The grand prize winner of The Voice will get a recording contract and $100,000.

The series debuts on NBC Tuesday, April 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Blake Shelton Scores Third Consecutive Number One Hit

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records (NEW YORK) -- Blake Shelton has scored his third straight number one hit with "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," the first time he's accomplished that feat.

Shelton said, "Thank you to every single person who works at a country radio station.  You allow me to do the one thing that I love to do most in this world, and that's sing country music.  I love y'all."

The singer's previous two numbers ones were "All About Tonight" and "Hillbilly Bone" with Trace Adkins.

Shelton has scored eight number one hits over the course of his career.

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First Round of CMA Music Festival Performers Announced

Keith Urban. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first round of performers has been announced for this summer's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, including Keith Urban, Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Darius Rucker. Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and The Band Perry round out the list for the festival, set for June 9-12.

The event will again be filmed for an ABC special.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the CMA Music Festival, which began as Fan Fair in 1972.

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Blake Shelton to Launch 'All About Tonight' Tour

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(LACROSS, Wis.) -- Blake Shelton's 2011 All About Tonight tour launches this Friday in LaCross, Wisconsin.  He's already announced concert dates through May 7.

"I'm excited to get back out there and perform for my fans," Shelton said.  "They made last year the best year of my life, and I hope to make each night of this tour one of the most memorable nights of their lives."

Easton Corbin, The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Chris Young will appear with Shelton at select shows on the tour.

Here's the tour itinerary.  Venues TBA:

1/28 -- LaCrosse, WI
1/29 -- Bemidji, MN
2/3 -- Jonesboro, AR
2/5 -- Cape Girardeau, MO
2/8 -- Tulare, CA
2/17 -- San Antonio, TX
2/18 -- Winnie, TX
2/19 -- Waco, TX
2/25 -- Brookings, SD
2/26 -- Duluth, MN
3/11 -- Fayetteville, NC
3/12 -- Augusta, GA
3/16 -- Austin, TX
3/17 -- Highland Heights, KY
3/18 -- Corbin, KY
3/19 -- Huntington, WV
3/26 -- Orlando, FL
4/9 -- Auburn, AL
4/16 -- Valdosta, GA
5/7 -- Catoosa, OK

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