On January 24th, Blake Shelton will take center stage where very few country stars have stood before. The Voice coach has been tapped to host Saturday Night Live, also serving as the night’s musical guest.
Shelton will be one of less than 40 singers in the legendary show’s 40-year history who have played double SNL duty. He joins past country star host/performers Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift. Other musicians who’ve scored comedy cred on SNL include Mick Jagger, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Elton John and Adam Levine (who will, no doubt, remind his Voice frenemy that he did it first).
Shelton is fresh off his fourth victory on The Voice, as teammate and fellow country crooner Craig Wayne Boyd took the top prize in the show’s seventh season. The Team Blake win capped off a year of accolade after accolade that catapulted the Oklahoma native’s fame to astronomic levels. His summer Ten Times Crazier Tour was largely sold out. Back in October, his Bringing Back the Sunshine album topped the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. A week later, he became the first country artist ever to top Billboard‘s Artist 100 chart, which is tallied based on sales, radio airplay and social media following. (Almost 10 million people are subscribers to his infamously irreverent tweets.) In November, he won his fifth CMA Male Vocalist award in a row and also scored a record-breaking 13th consecutive Number One single with “Neon Light.”
As for his equally successful wife, Miranda Lambert is playing Charleston, West Virginia, on January 24th, so an SNL cameo is unlikely… at least until the after-party.