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Blake Shelton | Coach
His impressive credentials as a country music superstar were well-established long before "The Voice" came into his life: He is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and a three-time Male Vocalist of the Year. In addition to earning a host of other awards and nominations, including multiple Grammy nominations and six gold and platinum albums, he is the three-time host of the ACM Awards.
His total of 14 No. 1 singles includes nine in a row, starting with "Hillbilly Bone." With songs such as "All About Tonight," "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," "Honey Bee," "God Gave Me You," "Drink on It," "Over," "Sure Be Cool If You Did" and his latest smash hit, "Boys 'Round Here," he has proven his versatility and shown himself to be one of the genre's strongest and most compelling vocalists. His live shows - hit-filled, high-energy unpredictable affairs - have kept him among country's most popular touring acts. Shelton's "Ten Times Crazier" tour kicked off July 19 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In March, Shelton released his eighth studio album, "Based on a True Story...," which opened its first week as No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and eventually reached No. 1. In his latest single, "Mine Would Be You," Shelton puts his heart on his sleeve expressing the great moments in his life.
Shelton's success was not a slow build as his self-titled debut album reached gold. The 2001 disc's top song, "Austin," climbed to the top of the country charts and started an incredible streak of No. 1 singles. Other top 20 singles from the album were "All Over Me" and "Ol' Red," and all three songs helped propel Shelton's burgeoning career.
His second album, "The Dreamer" was released in 2003 and would eventually reach gold, with leadoff single "The Baby" hitting No. 1 on the country charts. "Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill" also reached gold and his fourth disc, "Pure BS," saw the cover single "Home" reach No. 1.
The No. 1 hit singles kept coming. "She Wouldn't Be Gone," from his "Startin' Fires" album would be his fifth single to reach the top.
Over the last few years, Shelton's fame has continued to skyrocket. The 2011 Grammy-nominated album "Red River Blue" debuted at No. 1 and his latest album, "Based on a True Story â€¦" also topped the charts.
While "The Voice" has increased Shelton's exposure to a national audience in instrumental ways, it wasn't the first time he appeared on television. He served as a judge on "Nashville Star" and "Clash of the Choirs" and hosted his own Christmas special, "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas."
Shelton was born and raised and continues to live in Oklahoma, where he has strong community ties. In response to the devastating tornadoes there earlier this year, Shelton and NBC teamed up on the telethon "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert." With the help of Miranda Lambert, Reba, Usher, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, the telethon raised more than $6 million for United Way of Central Oklahoma.