Blake Shelton Inducted Into Oklahoma Hall of Fame
November has been a good month for Blake Shelton so far. In addition to winning the 2014 CMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, breaking records with his music and garnering even more awards nominations, the singer was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last night (Nov. 13), for his career success and the work he's done for his home state.
"The Oklahoma Hall of Fame strives to honor the best and brightest Oklahomans in industries across the spectrum," Shelley Rowan, director of marketing for the Oklahoma Heritage Association says. "All of our inductees excel in their respective careers, and Oklahomans for a long time have been the best, the brightest and the only in the things that they've accomplished, along with showcasing an extreme generosity in giving back to our state."
The 38-year-old, who is from Ada, Okla., has been vocal about his pride in his hometown, and it seems the admiration goes both ways. Ada (population 17,000), recently renamed a street Blake Shelton Boulevard, and Shelton featured the town in the video for the title track of his latest album, 'Bringing Back the Sunshine.'
'The Voice' coach was on hand to accept the award, even tweeting about the honor before the ceremony with his characteristic humor.
"Man they must be desperate!!!" Shelton writes. "Truly is an honor."
Other inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame this year include Wanda Jackson and actress Alfre Woodard. Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, served as a presenter during the ceremony, while Larry Large, a retired educator who fulfilled his promise to help Shelton move to Nashville when the singer was only 17 years old, gave the country star his award.
"Oklahomans truly have a creative spirit that's evident in the amount of people from our state that are on the national and global stage," Rowan adds. "It's just truly amazing when we look through our hall, all of the different artists and entertainers and performers that come from this state. We have a long history, stretching back to Will Rogers, of entertainers that have just been embraced by the entire world."
Find more information on each of the inductees here.