“Congratulations to this guy @blakeshelton this is pretty unbelievable!” Stefani posted to Instagram on Friday.
Blake Shelton Recently Celebrated 20-Year Milestone
On July 30, Shelton celebrated his 20-year anniversary in the music industry. His debut album dropped on July 31, 2001. Since then, he’s had 36 Top 10 singles on the Billboard country airplay chart. (Twenty-eight of those were No. 1 hits.) With nearly a dozen gold and platinum-certified albums since his debut, Shelton is now comfortably ensconced in the pantheon of country legends.
And as if that weren’t enough, Shelton also boasts more than 8.5 billion on-demand streams worldwide, 11 million U.S. album sales and nearly 100 award wins over the course of his career, according to his website. His latest album, Body Language, came out May 21.
To honor his 20-year milestone, Shelton released a special acoustic version of his first radio single, “Austin,” in collaboration with Amazon Music. You can listen to it here.
Shelton Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2010
Shelton made his Grand Ole Opry debut the same year his debut album, Blake Shelton, dropped. And less than ten years later, on Oct. 23, 2010, he became a member of the Opry.
“I get the same feeling when I come to the Opry as when I see one of my heroes,” Shelton once said. “I am in awe. To me, the Grand Ole Opry is an artist and I’m really proud to be one of its songs.”
The country star became the first member to screw in his own member nameplate, kicking off a tradition that has persisted to this day. He was inducted by his friend Trace Adkins, who said at the time, “It means the world to be the one handing you this tonight. Blake Shelton, you are the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
“There are a lot of things that are publicized and made into media events in this business, big deals like this,” Shelton said at the time, per PopCulture. “For me, I don’t care if I say it right because I know what it means to me. This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
While nothing can ever quite top an Opry induction – with the possible exception of his recent wedding to Stefani – Shelton now has another big milestone to celebrate. And celebrate he should, because his success over the past 20 years has been outright stratospheric.