Wednesday (June 4) was a scorcher in Nashville, but that didn’t stop fans from lining up outside for one of the night’s most explosive moments — Blake Shelton’s performance of his multiplatinum smash single “Boys ’Round Here” on the 2014 CMT Music Awards .
The Band Perry introduced Shelton, who performed his ode to ice-cold beer and chewing tobacco from the stage of the first annual Pepsi Block Party on Nashville’s famed strip of honky-tonks along Lower Broadway.
On a stage fabricated to look like an old barn (complete with Christmas lights and a retro Pepsi logo), Shelton sang and strummed along as fans hung out of honky-tonk windows hoping to get a glimpse of the performer, Voice coach and Twitter aficionado.
After a night filled with victories for wife Miranda Lambert (female video of the year for “Automatic” ), The Voice winner Cassadee Pope (breakthrough video of the year for “Wasting All These Tears” ) and his own male video of the year win for “Doin’ What She Likes,” Shelton was all smiles as he enlightened the crowd on what it means to be a red-red-redneck.
The performance closed with a fireworks show illuminating the downtown Nashville skyline, a fitting end to what was surely a memorable day of music for all in attendance.
Shelton’s win for male video of the year earned him his fifth CMT belt buckle trophy.
He and Lambert will perform Friday during the CMA Music Festival’s nightly concert series at LP Field in Nashville. Eric Church, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean and Travis Tritt will also appear at the concert.