- In a clip for CBS This Morning’s Grammy special, Gayle King asked Blake Shelton what he would be doing if he wasn’t a musician.
- Shelton had a humble response with “I’d probably still be roofing houses.”
- Shelton’s hit “God’s Country” earned a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Solo Country Performance.
Blake Shelton broke into country music with his debut single. “Austin” topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart at number one for five weeks in 2001, per Taste of Country, and his life was forever changed. If you were to ask him how he accomplished that, he would tell you he just got lucky.
That’s the word he used to describe his life when CBS This Morning’s Gayle King asked him for one in a preview clip for her Grammy special, which airs on Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m. ET. She also asked him and his girlfriend Gwen Stefani what he would be doing if music never worked out as a career. “I’d probably still be roofing houses,” he said. “That’s what I was doing before.”
“You know how to roof houses?” King asked. “Not anymore. I blocked that out of my mind. I’d have to relearn now,” Shelton responded. Stefani said she’d likely be working in the beauty industry.
Nineteen years after his career took off, Shelton still sees his 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Solo Country Performance with “God’s Country” as a stroke of luck. He assumed his hit days were over. “I had put the Grammys so far out of my mind and off my radar that I didn’t even know that it was that season,” he told King. “There was a time in my career that we’d be sitting on pins and needles like, ‘Oh my god, they’re announcing it tomorrow!’ You know? And I got a phone call or a text from my publicist that said, ‘Hey, the Grammy announcements are in the morning.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know that. And why are you telling me this?’” He was shocked to hear that his name was on the list.
“I just kinda felt like, ‘Well, that window closed. That time came and went,’ you know?” he said. His plan for a later-in-life Grammy played out a little differently in his head. “Maybe someday as a super-old man I can do a country cover album of some old rock songs or something, and try to get a Grammy doing something like that,” he laughed. “But I certainly didn’t expect it at this point in my career … I’m lucky enough to still have some records that get played on the radio.”
“God’s Country” has clearly done more than play on the radio. He has ventured to call it his biggest hit yet. “Who would have ever thought that almost 20 years into my career, I’d have my biggest hit yet?” he told The Tennessean in July. “I really feel like “God’s Country” is that now … It’s unbelievable to me—the power of a song.” He told King that he never expected it to have the kind of impact it has.
He won’t be performing the inspired anthem at the Grammys on Sunday, but he will be performing alongside Stefani, singing their new duet “Nobody But You.” “I can already tell you that’s going to be one of the greatest rushes I’m ever going to experience, being on stage with Gwen Stefani at the Grammys, doing our song together,” Blake told ABC News. “The easiest thing in the world I’ve ever done is to sing any song with Gwen.”
The Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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