OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton Parallels Keith Urban’s Past CMA Wins

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OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton Parallels Keith Urban’s Past CMA Wins

Published on November 02, 2012 by CMT News

Blake Shelton

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

It’s no easy task to win two of the biggest awards of the night. But Thursday night (Nov.
1) at the CMA Awards, Blake
Shelton
certainly did it. He took home the grand prize, entertainer of the year, along with the male vocalist of the year
award. That rarely happens. In fact, the last time one man walked away with both those coveted awards, it was Keith
Urban
back in 2005. So seven years ago, he beat out Alan Jackson,
Toby Keith, Brad Paisley
and Kenny Chesney for the entertainer of the year award. And I remember
Urban making it clear that that win was because of his touring and the road band who had backed him at all his shows. “I have
the best road band,” he’d said. “Road bands out there, in general, don’t get enough appreciation. I want to send my love and
thanks out to all the road bands tonight, particularly my own.” Urban’s wins in 2005 came off a string of pretty massive hits:
“You’ll Think of Me,” “Days
Go By,”
“Making Memories of Us” and “Better
Life.”
Shelton himself was up against some stiff competition in the vocalist category last night: Jason
Aldean
, Luke Bryan, Eric
Church
and Urban. And in the entertainer group he was nominated along with Aldean, Chesney, Paisley and Taylor
Swift
.

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