8 Things You Never Knew About Blake Shelton

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People’s Choice Awards 2017 is bound to have some pretty incredible moments, but one of the things we’re most excited about is this year’s musical performances!

Last Wednesday, we announced that country superstar Blake Shelton would be hitting the stage on the big night to deliver a show-stopping performance. Before we settle in to watch him rock the stage, we thought it’d be fun to get to know the singer a bit better.

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you eight fun facts about People’s Choice Awards 2017 performer Blake Shelton. Check them all out below!

1. His mom started entering him in beauty pageants at a young age.
Shelton confessed to his beauty pageant days in an interview with ET where he revealed his mom would mostly enter him in the pageants for the talent portion.

“There was a talent portion of the pageant. In order for me to sing int he pageant, like my mom wanted me to, I had to do the evening wear and all that crap,” said Shelton.

2. He almost recorded one of Toby Keith’s most famous singles.
Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me may have shot to the top of the charts, but it turns out, the tune was almost Shelton’s to sing. According to The Tennessean, his record company decided to nix the single and then later gave it to Keith. Things turned out alright in the end, however, as Shelton found his no. 1 hit that same year with his first single, “Austin.”

3. He once saved a man from a terrible flood.
Shelton may be one of the biggest stars in country, but he’s also one of the nicest guys around! In fact,the singer made headlines in 2015 when he saved an Oklahoma man from a flood! According to the Today show, Shelton saw the man in waist-deep water struggling to push his truck up a hill so he stopped by, used a tow rope to help him out and then drove the man home. Looks like Shelton’s skills stretch far beyond singing if you ask us!

4. He got his invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry in a surprising way.
In fact, the iconic music house took to Twitter back in 2010 to officially extend an invite to Shelton. According to CNN’s The Marquee Blog, it was Shelton’s friend Trace Adkins who broke the news to Shelton and told him to check Twitter while they were performing at the Country Comes Home concert. Adkins handing Shelton his phone right on stage to show him the invite, which allowed everyone in attendance to see Shelton’s reaction firsthand, making for an unforgettable moment!

5. His prominent arm tattoo has a funny story behind it.
In fact, Shelton designed the tattoo himself! It turns out, the pattern is supposed to be deer tracks and is meant to symbolize Shelton’s love for hunting, but people often confuse the pattern for something else entirely.

“To this moment, people still come up to me and say, ‘Man, ladybugs…that’s cool. What does that mean to you?’” said Shelton according to Baltimore’s the Mix 106.5. “I probably have the crappiest tattoo— not only in country music— but maybe the world.”

6. He once starred on another singing competition before The Voice.
Shelton may be known for his work on The Voice but the hit NBC series isn’t his first go-around with singing competitions. The “Boys ‘Round Here” singer also participated in 2007’s Clash of the Choirs alongside celebrity judges Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, and Kelly Rowland where his team placed third in the competition.

7. He moved to Nashville to pursue singing fresh out of high school.
Like many country hopefuls, Shelton knew Nashville was the place to be. According to Biography.com the singer moved to the infamous city just two weeks after graduating high school in 1994. Once there, Shelton set his sights on jumpstarting his songwriting carrier and even sold some of the music he’d written to a few of the music publishing houses down there before finally landing a record deal with Giant Records.

8. Shelton’s newest album is one of his most personal to date.
In fact, the singer revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that the album, which dropped in 2016, was heavily influenced by all the changes in his life that transpired over the past year.

“When my fans hear this new album for the first time, they’re gonna realize that it’s been a crazy, crazy past 12 or 13 months for me,” said Shelton. “The surprise elements, the ups and the downs, they’re allin this record. That’s why I’m calling it If I’m Honest because I’m just telling it how I see it.”

People’s Choice Awards 2017 airs live from the Microsoft Theater in LA on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/delayed PT) on CBS.