Country Throwback: Kenny Loggins Joins Blake Shelton for Surprise ‘Footloose’ Duet in 2011

by Emily Morgan

During the 2011 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, Blake Shelton and Kenny Loggins gave an earth-shattering duet of Loggins’ song, “Footloose.”

Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins began his breakout career in 1984 when the movie Footloose was released. In the film, Loggins sang two songs on the soundtrack, “I’m Free” and the lead track, “Footloose.”

Co-penned by Loggins and Dean Pitchford, “Footloose” was released by Loggins the same year the movie was released. The song spent three consecutive three at No. 1 on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart and was the first of two No. 1 tracks from the film. 

The toe-tapping record also had universal success when it reached the No. 1 spot in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It was a Top Ten hit in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Blake Shelton Surprises Crowd With Special Guest: Kenny Loggins

Almost three decades later, country music superstar Blake Shelton gave his rendition of the song for the movie’s remake. The film starred Kenny Wormald and Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Julianne Hough for the updated version.

During the ceremony, Shelton performed his rendition of the hit song. On stage, the backup dancers performed a high-energy line dance that got everyone in the audience moving.

In the middle of the show, an unknown figure appeared while Blake Shelton sang. To everyone’s surprise, Shelton said, “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Kenny Loggins!”

After the crowd went wild, Loggins also took the bridge to a whole new level. The two legends finished the iconic song together, which ended with cheers and applause from the audience.

“This is absolutely amazing to get to perform with a rock legend, a music legend,” Shelton said in an interview before the performance.

In addition, Loggins was asked how he felt about Shelton remaking his song.

“For years, I was hearing about the remake and that they were not going to use any of the original material. And I thought, ‘Kinda crazy, but sure, whatever,’” he said. “Then I found out, it was after he cut the tune, that Blake Shelton, only the biggest act in the country right now was cutting the tune.”