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BLAKE SHELTON RECEIVES FIRST NOMINATION FOR CMA “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

BLAKE SHELTON RECEIVES FIRST NOMINATION FOR CMA “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

The Reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year is Nominated for Five Awards

An Exclusive Full Stream of Shelton's Remake of the Classic Song "Footloose" is Available Now on AOL and AOL's The Boot

Shelton Debuts “God Gave Me You” Music Video Today on BlakeShelton.com

NASHVILLE, TN – (September 6, 2011) – Blake Shelton was honored this morning with five CMA Award nominations including their most prestigious honor, “Entertainer of the Year.” This is Shelton’s first nomination of his career in the Entertainer category at any award show. He is also up for the CMA Award for “Male Vocalist of the Year” and his infectious multi-week smash-hit, “Honey Bee” receives two nominations in the categories of “Single of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” (Trey Fanjoy). His No. 1 Album, All About Tonight, produced by Scott Hendricks, is up for “Album of the Year.” Also today, Shelton reveals his remake of the classic song, “Footloose” exclusively available on AOL and AOL’s The Boot. "Footloose" will be on the Sept. 27 Footloose soundtrack, which is available now for pre-order on iTunes. Shelton’s emotionally powerful music video for “God Gave Me You” debuts today, as well, on his official website, www.BlakeShelton.com. The music video includes a never-before-seen testimonial from Miranda Lambert that was shot before their May wedding.

“To be honest, I secretly hoped that I’d get this nomination one day, but I never thought I actually would,” said a slightly shocked Shelton. “After 10 years of watching my friends receive this incredible honor, I got pretty used to being a cheerleader for them, ya know? I didn’t expect this today but I know I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my band and crew. Most of them have been with me from the beginning of my career, and they are such a big part of why I get to do what I love. Tracy Broussard, Rob Byus, Kevin Canady, Philip Desteiguer, Brett Hardin, Travis Medlin, Jeff Parsons, Kevin Post and Beau Tackett – thank you guys for helping me get here. I love you.”

The 45th Annual CMA Awards - “Country Music’s Biggest Night” - will broadcast live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00 PM/ET).

Shelton’s fastest rising single, "God Gave Me You," is a particularly important song on his new album, Red River Blue, because it reminds him of his relationship with country music superstar, Miranda Lambert. He first heard the song while he was driving and was so moved by the lyrics that he had to pull his truck over. The moment he heard "God Gave Me You" with all of the correlations it had to his own life, Shelton knew that he needed to cut the song on his album.

Blake Shelton is the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). The country superstar's new single “God Gave Me You” is his fastest rising single and is off his new album Red River Blue. Red River Blue debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.” Shelton’s infectious multi-week No. 1 hit, “Honey Bee" is also off his new album and is Shelton’s first ever digital Platinum single. Shelton holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost six years. The single marks Shelton's fourth consecutive No. 1 hit: “Honey Bee,” "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," "All About Tonight" and "Hillbilly Bone." Shelton has nine No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007.

For additional information on Blake Shelton, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com

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