“He was born to do this and hasn't done anything because he wanted to be a star. He has just always been a star,” Gwen Stefani said.
The musician and The Voice judge recently received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and his famous wife was there to honor him with a poignant address on all her husband's achievements, per TODAY. During her beautiful speech, Stefani, 53, referred to Shelton as a "one-of-a-kind" man and a "rare human being."
Gwen Stefani honors her husband Blake Shelton during his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Y62IpxIWtE— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) May 12, 2023
The beaming wife also stated that "he's the same guy today" as he was growing up in a little town in Oklahoma, per Variety. While congratulating Shelton on having his name etched on the historic walkway, Stefani stressed how "genuine" he is. “There is no one more authentic than this guy. He lives and breathes country music. He is a country music jukebox and it is his DNA," she said. “He was born to do this and hasn't done anything because he wanted to be a star. He has just always been a star,” she added.
Stefani is proud of Shelton, 46, for refusing to let Hollywood change him. "The reason Blake Shelton is here today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is because you are part of the country dream, the Hollywood dream, and you are part of the American dream," she said. "And everybody knows you are my dream come true," she added of the man of the hour.
Blake Shelton just received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the company of family and friends. #BlakeShelton has been honored for his achievements in television and country music.— Hunter Jackson In The Morning (@hunterjacksonfm) May 13, 2023
In a speech, Blake dedicated the star to his late brother, Richie: "I wish Richie… pic.twitter.com/MOgVp7wXzT
Along with Stefani, TODAY's Carson Daly and Maroon 5's Adam Levine were on hand to speak about their pal on his special day. When Shelton approached the stage to deliver his own address, he thanked everyone for their kind remarks and specifically mentioned his wife. "I kind of stopped checking things off my list of great accomplishments in my life when I married Gwen and so this is just the icing on the cake," he said. "But I love you so much and that's the greatest thing that's happened along this journey."
Zuma Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Apollo Rossdale, and Kingston Rossdale attend Blake Shelton's Star Ceremony on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. pic.twitter.com/vdNYu2Wj89— ACM AWARDS 2023 COVERAGE (@celebfashionnnn) May 12, 2023
The country singer revealed that his family flew in from Oklahoma for the momentous occasion and that he was talking with his mother this morning about what he wanted to say during his address. "She goes, 'You know, I wish Richie could've been here to see this and everything that you've done,'" he recalled.
Richie, Shelton's younger brother, died in a traffic accident in 1990 when he was only 24 years old. Shelton was 14 years old at the time. The singer agreed with his mother and ended his address by adding, "I dedicate my star on this Walk of Fame to my brother Richie."
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