Blake Shelton was on hand for the opening of his brand-new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, “Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story,” on Monday, June 6 in Nashville. Believe it or not, he actually admitted to being speechless at the honor, but he ultimately managed to capture the moment in his speech.
A lot of Blake’s songwriting heroes and his pals, The Oak Ridge Boys, were in the audience for Blake’s event, which took place in the Hall of Fame rotunda where all the inductees’ plaques line the walls.
“I can’t believe that I’m standing here,” Blake said as he looked around the room. “I was standing here reading this ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ and looking at these plaques and stuff. I’m not one of these people on these plaques, I know, but I do have an exhibit in this place. That’s a pretty damn big deal, if you ask me.”
Even though he’s become a TV superstar and a regular on the cover of supermarket tabloids, this event at the Country Music Hall of Fame helped Blake bring the focus back to the dream that brought him to Nashville back in 1994.
“I wanted to be a country singer,” Blake recalled, “and no matter how much they throw at you. No matter what they say, what they do, that’s all I care about, and I’ve just kept my head down and kept trying for this thing. I still feel like I’m trying right now. I do. That’s why, I guess, it’s weird for me to stop for just one second and go, ‘Holy shit! There’s an exhibit at the Hall of Fame about what I’ve been doing all this time?'”
Even though he’s at the top of the country format right now, Blake isn’t finished with his career by a long shot.
He added, “Hopefully, I’m at the beginning of this thing. You’re probably not doing your job right if you don’t feel that way.”