ACM Awards 2021: Blake Shelton Turns Back the Clock with ‘Austin’ Performance and Fans are Fired Up

by Jacklyn Krol

Blake Shelton took fans back in time with his ACM Awards performance of “Austin.”

On Sunday, April 18, Blake Shelton took the Grand Ole Opry stage. He performed a mashup of his very first No. 1 “Austin” and his current single “Minimum Wage.”

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of his smash career-launching hit. The track was off of his self-titled debut album released in 2001. “Austin” quickly caught the attention of fans and made Shelton a household name. If you missed the performance, you can watch the awards show on Paramount+ streaming service.

Meanwhile, “Minimum Wage” is the second single off of Shelton’s upcoming twelfth studio album. Shelton will be releasing Body Language on May 21.

Aside from his performance, he was also nominated this year. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were nominated for Music Event of the Year.

What Blake Shelton Had to Say

Blake Shelton is still shocked that music is his career. “It’s gonna be exciting for me just ’cause there’s a lot of things that happened between that song and this song, it’s pretty crazy,” he said prior to the show.

Shelton rarely thinks back to 2001 when he launched his career. But his fans love to reminisce. Meanwhile, Shelton admitted that he looks back on “God’s Country” and “Happy Anywhere.” During his live concerts, “Austin” brings back the nostalgia.

“It never happens for me with ‘Austin’ until I start the song. The way people respond to it’s like a reminder every night. ‘Oh yeah, that song is why I have a job,’ Blake Shelton said. “I always forget that.”

Shelton noted that when fans hear the intro to “Austin,” they repeat every single word back to him. “I think it just represents a time in people’s lives – that whatever they were doing in 2001 at my shows,” he continued. “Apparently whatever they were doing was good times because people have a blast when I start that song.”