Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton are Highest-Paid Country Stars on Forbes’ Annual List of Top-Earning Celebrities

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton piled up the cash this past year. And for that, the two country singers earned spots in “Forbes” annual list of top-earning celebrities.

The list is prestigious. Making it means you have talent and business savvy as well as the ability to influence trends across the country. It’s chock full of the biggest names in sports, singing, acting, writing and media.

Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton Make Big Money From Reality TV

Bryan, a judge on “American Idol” beat Shelton, a mentor on “The Voice” by $2 million. It’s the singing competitions that allow both stars to separate themselves from other country performers. No other country singers made the top 100.

Bryan ranked No. 62. Shelton was No. 70. The Covid-19 pandemic destroyed a ton of profit from all the singers, no matter the genre. The coronavirus forced performers to postpone or cancel their gigantic, money-making tours.

Fortune estimated that Bryan grosses an average of $1 million per stop. Bryan announced his “Proud To Be Right Here” tour in January. with a May start. But the virus put it on ice for 2020. It’s now slotted to start next May with Morgan WallenRunaway June and Caylee Hammack also set to perform with him.

Bryan earns $12 million per season for “American Idol.” With two TV seasons per year, that represents more than half his yearly income.

It’s much the same story for Shelton, who also enjoyed huge financial success with his tours. Fortune said Shelton averaged just under $1 million. Shelton scheduled the second installment of his “Friends and Heroes” tour for 2020. The schedule now lists the start as next July. Lauren Alaina, the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins are expected to join Shelton on tour.

Shelton earns $13 million per season from “The Voice.” That means almost 60 percent of his income is from television.

Who Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity?

The top two celebrities on the list are Kylie Jenner and Kanye West.

And they’re related by marriage.

Jenner, who is only 23, earned $590 million. And she’s the top earner by a huge chunk. West pulled in $170 million.

Fortune said Jenner, one of the stars on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians, made most of her money on the sale of part of her cosmetics company. She sold 51% of Kylie Cosmetics for $600 million. She pocketed $540 million from the deal.

West, the rapper, is married to Kim Kardashian, Jenner’s older sister. Fortune said most of his money this past year came from West’s deal with Adidas for his “Yeezy” sneakers.

Check out the rest of the list here.

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