8 Things You Didn't Know About Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton is one of the best and most popular artists in country music today. The country singer and songwriter cranks out hit record after hit record that climb to the top of the Billboard charts, and is a fan favorite for most Americans on the NBC TV show The Voice, on which he is one of the voice coaches for contestants with Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Kelly Clarkson among others. The Oklahoma native has become a Nashville icon and is so popular he was even named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2017.

The country star is best known for songs like "Austin," I'll Name the Dogs," "God's Country" and "God Gave Me You." People know plenty about Shelton's music, but here are some facts about the "Honey Bee" singer you may not have heard before. 

1. Blake Shelton was in beauty pageants as a kid

Yeah. Blake Shelton did the same stuff as Honey Boo Boo. For what it's worth he's not ashamed. His attitude is basically "Yeah I lived it, so what?" He also said it was a great way to meet girls.

2. He co-wrote "Over You" about a tragic family loss

Blake's brother Richie died in a car accident when Blake was only 14. (Richie was 24.) The song "Over You" was written about his brother. Miranda Lambert recorded the song, which won the Academy of Country Music's Single Record and Song of the Year awards in 2013.

3. He nearly collaborated with Pitbull

Shelton has collaborated with several country artists, such as Trace Adkins ("Hillbilly Bone"), the Pistol Annies ("Boys 'Round Here") and, recently, Garth Brooks ("Dive Bar"). But he also came very close to recording a song with rapper and pop singer Pitbull. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Shelton explained that he ultimately decided to pass because he didn't think certain swear words in the song would go over too well with his audience.

"There's just something about me being like a middle America country artist saying the word motherf--ker over and over again," Shelton said. "It was like, 'Man, I just don't know if that's going to go over with my soccer moms.' So I opted not to, but I was honored."

4. He once owned a turkey named Turkey

Yeah, so Blake might be pretty creative when it comes to writing songs, but he's not always creative when it comes to naming animals.

5. He has an arch rival

It's Maroon 5 frontman and former The Voice co-star Adam Levine. Levine is Shelton's biggest antagonist and loves trolling Shelton. After Shelton won People's Sexiest Man Alive, Levine, who won the same honor in 2013, sent Shelton a giant blown up version of his cover. Levine has routinely trolled Shelton on The Voice and through tweets on Twitter. It's pretty great.

6. Shelton has a favorite song he's recorded

Blake considers "Ole Red" to be his signature song and even named his line of honky tonk restaurants after it. Currently, there are Ole Red locations in Nashville, Tenn., Tishomingo, Okla. and Gatlinburg, Tenn.

7. He's used to reality TV

Before The Voice Shelton was a coach on Clash of the Choirs and a judge on Nashville Star.

8. He has some iconic influences.

Shelton considers George Strait and Garth Brooks big influences on his music.

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8 Things You Didn't Know About Blake Shelton