Blake Shelton's older brother, Richie Shelton died in a car accident in 1990; he was only 24 years old. Shelton was 14 at the time his brother died and he inherited his record collection. Shelton talks about his brother's death in his Backstory episode on GAC-TV.
Miranda Lambert's song Over You was inspired by Richie Shelton's death. It was named Single Record and Song of the Year at the 2013 Academy of Country Music awards.
Shelton received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award for his role as a coach on The Voice at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013.
Of interest, Shelton and Usher recently sang a duet during the "Healing in the Heartland" benefit in order to raise money for the victims of the May 20, 2014 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma. Shelton, a native of Ada, Oklahoma, organized the one-hour sold-out concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Proceeds went to the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
His eighth studio album, Based on a True Story…, was recently released. Shelton will be promoting it during his Ten Times Crazier Tour which begins on July 19, 2013 and end on October 5, 2013.