Blake Shelton lives his life in as bright of a spotlight as you can find in country music, but there are still a few things even the most educated Shelton fan doesn’t know about the “God’s Country” hitmaker.
In this 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Blake Shelton list, you’ll find out what the singer thought of his ’90s mullet, what his pet peeves are, what songs he sang when he entered pageants as a kid (yes, really!) and more.
The singer wrapped his 2019 Friends and Heroes tour in March, but there are still Blake Shelton tickets available for shows that he’s got on the books for 2019. Most recently, he has teamed with Garth Brooks for a new duet called “Dive Bar.”
In an interview with CMT in 2003, Shelton spoke of his hopes to bring Turkey to the next awards show he attended. “Up until this point, [Turkey]’s been to Arkansas one time. He has been to Oklahoma, which is where he was born, and now he lives in Tennessee. So, I feel like, without me, he doesn’t get to do things, and I feel a responsibility to show him the world,” the singer said. Sadly, Turkey wasn’t meant to attend awards shows. He died of heat stroke in June 2003.
The ‘All About Tonight’ singer was the first person to ever be invited to join the Grand Ole Opry via Twitter. The actual tweet read: “@blakeshelton, you’re invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. See you on 10/23/2010!” Shelton, being the active Twitter user he is, promptly responded, “Hmmm… Let me think… OK!!!!!!!!”
For their engagement, Shelton and his ex-wife Miranda Lambert received matching His and Hers flasks and shotguns. The gifts were a big hit, as both artists love to drink. Talking to People, Lambert gushed, “We were outside the city limits, so we went right out of the tent and tried them out. It’s a real shotgun wedding!”
Shelton once told CMT that he hates when sees “somebody standing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or some formal place and they’re wearing a T-shirt and baseball cap,” calling it “unacceptable.” He also hates bare feet, pleading with fellow artists to “cover [their] stinkin’, nasty feet” in music videos. According to Shelton, “Flip-flops aren’t even acceptable.”
Shelton drew his own tattoo, and it’s supposed to be deer tracks, since he loves to hunt. However, people often mistake the tracks for something else… “To this moment, people still come up to me and say, ‘Man, ladybugs … that’s cool. What does that mean to you?'” the singer reveals, hilariously. “I probably have the crappiest tattoo — not only in country music — but maybe the world,” he says. He later had the barbed wire added to make the tattoo “more manly.” Good friend Craig Morgan is particularly quick to make fun of Shelton’s tattoo.
“We were playing a fair, and a few people were handing me stuffed animals and flowers, but one person handed me a paper sack,” Shelton told the Boot back in 2008. “So I took all the stuff back to the bus. I put the sack in my lap and opened it, and a live iguana jumped out of the sack and onto my shirt. I screamed like a little girl! I think it took a year off my life — it scared the crap out of me.”
“Nobody else in the world seems to think it was as awesome as I still think it was,” Shelton says. The singer used to have a mullet, and he refused to cut it, despite people telling him he looked bad. “Basically, it has gotten to the point where it is just a matter of pride. And I know it looks like crap, but it is just more fun to me to irritate people than cut my hair to satisfy them,” he recalls of his days with long locks.
“I didn’t really understand what the deal was. So I said some stupid stuff! Then I found out it was a big deal … so I don’t think they know me very well!” Shelton said of the acknowledgment from People magazine. “But my favorite thing about it is that I know my mom, who cuts hair in Ada, Okla., will cut that page out of the magazine and tape it to her mirror and point it out to everybody who comes to the shop.”
When asked what reality show he would like to appear on (if he ever were to), Shelton responded, “I hate reality shows. But if I had to be on one, I’d have to say Realtree Road Trips on the Outdoor Channel.” Well, we’re sure his opinion on reality TV has changed slightly since, considering he is a coach on The Voice — definitely a far cry from Realtree Road Trips.
This is just too good to be true. “My mom entered me into a pageant [when I was 6 or 7 years old]. I still don’t know why and it’s still the worst experience of my life, being in a pageant,” Shelton told CMT. “That has to have been the first one, and I can’t remember because she put me in like two or three in a row there. And I remember singing “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent, and “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Bob Seger — [they] were probably my two signature songs.” We wonder what his costumes looked like! To Blake’s mom: Please put that on YouTube ASAP!