Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton is staying busy leading up to Sunday, when he will co-host the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with superstar and fellow Oklahoman Reba McEntire.
This week, the Ada native is visiting Los Angeles before traveling to Las Vegas to prep for his long-awaited co-hosting debut. While in L.A., he is shooting the music video for his highly anticipated new single, “Honey Bee.” Shelton will make the world premiere performance of the song at the ACM Awards, where he is nominated for top male vocalist and shares a video of the year nomination with Trace Adkins, producer Randy Brewer and director Roman White for “Hillbilly Bone.”
While in Los Angeles, the Tishomingo resident will also make his fourth visit to E!’s “Chelsea Lately” set today, CBS’ “The Talk” on Thursday and CBS’ “The Early Show” on Friday.
The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Sunday on the CBS Television Network. Make plans now to follow my live blog of the ACMs Sunday night here at BAM’s Blog.
This past year, Shelton, one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” (The New York Times), has proven he is a force to be reckoned with, winning six awards including CMA Award for male vocalist of the year, notching three consecutive No. 1 hits (“Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “All About Tonight” and “Hillbilly Bone”), selling out shows on his first ever headlining tour “All About Tonight Tour,”receiving his first Grammy nomination and earning his first ACM Award nomination for top male vocalist. He is currently a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” which airs April 26. In addition to these amazing accolades, Shelton’s latest CD, “Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton,” debuted in the Top 10 on the country charts, adding Shelton into an elite group of artists who have charted three records in one year (among those are Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson).
Shelton’s eight No. 1 hits are “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “All About Tonight,” “Hillbilly Bone,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” “Home,” “Some Beach,” “The Baby” and “Austin.” Shelton has not had a single peak outside the top ten since 2007.