Is Blake Shelton in the Later Part of His Career?

He Dispels the Concept Backstage at the CMA Awards

This is why America loves Blake Shelton: He always says what’s on his mind. Exactly what’s on his mind. And he doesn’t leave out the expletives.

When Shelton came backstage after winning the male vocalist trophy at Wednesday night’s (Nov. 5) CMA Awards in Nashville, he talked about what it felt like to be winning the award at this point in his life.

“I can’t stress enough how excited and surprised and shocked and overwhelmed I am that this is happening for me in my life in my late 30s,” he said. “I mean, I’ve been doing this since my early 20s. The first CMAs I came to, I was probably 24 or 25 years old. And to know I’m still hanging around after all his time and still have a home here, it’s hard to explain.”

But make no mistake, Shelton is just getting started, he hopes.

“To be where I’m at in my career and this far into it and have it be … well, I’m not gonna say the later part of my career — because f*** that,” he said. “I hope this is like the second quarter right now. What the hell. This is beyond a dream come true. I could not be happier human being with the way this night has gone. For me and my family, this is maybe the biggest night of our lives.”

Shelton also addressed the issue of The Voice and whether his popularity was a result of that or vice versa.

“It’s easy, on one hand, to go, ’A lot of this stuff happening for me is definitely because of The Voice,'” he said. “But on the other hand, The Voice is because of the music. They’ve kind of gone hand in hand.”

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