Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton talked Friday with “CBS This Morning” about a variety of topics before he co-hosts the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night on CBS.
The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Shelton, his wife Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Thompson Square, Toby Keith, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts are among the superstars with Oklahoma ties who have been nominated for ACM Awards.
The Tishomingo resident told “CBS This Morning” he wants to cut down his workload and focus on music by the time he turns 40.
“I’d like to really, really slow down – and that means at some point, you know, the TV stuff’s going to have to stop,” Shelton told co-host Gayle King.
“And at some point, the touring will have to slow down,” he added. “I just want to get back to just doing nothing but country music.”
The Ada native also discussed his early career, his new album and his reaction to tabloid reports of trouble in his marriage to country singer Miranda Lambert.
The video is posted below, but here are excerpts from the interview:
KING: When did you know that Miranda Lambert was the one for you?
SHELTON: I don’t know that I ever really ever had any doubts that she was the one for me. You know, from the time I met her it just kept get—you know, we’ve had our ups and downs for damn sure along the way, you know—but I just could not imagine her not being in my life, I just couldn’t get over her, I know I can’t. And hopefully she feels that way, too.
KING: Which makes all these rumors about the two of you redonkulous, doesn’t it, to you? You’ve seen all the headlines, you’re in the magazines this week, last week.
SHELTON: We’ve been creeping into the tabloids over the last year and a half, you know—
KING: And how do you feel about that?
SHELTON: I honestly do love it.
KING: I’m surprised to hear you say you love it.
SHELTON: Well, I just know that to have that kind of coverage, and I’m popular enough that they want to put me and Miranda on that stuff, and that’s awesome. I got an album coming out. Man, put my album next to it too, they’ll pick it up, man, and take it.
KING: When you come out on stage, people are very excited to see you and hear you. But I heard that you’re just as excited to see them.
SHELTON: I just feel a rush, and it’s always a reminder of why I wanted to do this to begin with. But when I was a kid, my mom entered me into this pageant and–
KING: A beauty pageant, I read—
SHELTON: A beauty pageant, yeah. Like the Valentine’s Pageant or whatever, but because I wanted to be a singer, that was a chance for me to be in the talent portion and sing. There was a spotlight hitting me and it was just this rush—this thing that happened to me when I was a kid. And I just never got over it, and—I still experience that.
KING: So the ACMs are coming up, you’re hosting again. I think it’s very hard to be a host.
SHELTON: I think they keep hiring me back because I’m one of the only ones that can actually read in country music. I can look at the teleprompter and now we’ve lost Reba. And she was the only other one, and now we got Luke, and so we’re trying to work with him.
KING: So before you turn 40 you’d like to do what?
SHELTON: Oh, my gosh, I’d like to really, really slow down, and that means at some point, you know, the TV stuff’s going have to stop, that takes up six months of the year, you know what I mean. And at some point, the touring has to slow down, you know, but I just want to get back to just doing nothing but country music. I just want to go back to being a hillbilly singer.