Fans Surprise Blake Shelton With Hilarious Gift Honoring His Iconic Mullet

Fans gifted Shelton with the mullet memento during his All for the Hall Concert in Oklahoma.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 2, 2024


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Blake Shelton; Photo by Phil Clarkin Photography for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Blake Shelton’s fans definitely showed up for his Saturday night (March 30) All For The Hall Fundraising concert in his home state of Oklahoma. In addition to contributing to the nearly $800,000 raised for the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s education, they danced the night away and even brought Shelton a few gifts to show their support. 

Honoring His Teenage Mullet Era

One of the most memorable offerings to the country star was a custom-made flag with his high school photo on one side and his wife, Gwen Stefani’s throwback photo on the other side. A fan, who was lucky enough to snag a spot in the very front of the stage, caught Shelton’s attention with the gift. When he opened the flag on stage, he proudly revealed the image of his teenage self, when he donned a long mullet and glasses. He explained that the school picture was likely from his sophomore or junior year at Ada High School.

 “When something’s cool, it’s cool,” Shelton said of the gift. He then turned it over to reveal Stefani’s face and joked that his other half appeared to have a mullet of her own back in the day. “We were meant to be,” he added. 

Although he let the group of fans know he wanted to keep the flag, he happily signed and returned it. In addition to giving the fan a shoutout for her generous and hilarious gift, he also thanked the person who came with her for “buying the most expensive tickets” and coming along for the late-night event.

“I’m proud of you man, that’s the right thing to do,” he said before dedicating his next song to their commitment to his show.

Blake Shelton; Photo by Jamie Wendt for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Blake Shelton; Photo by Jamie Wendt for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

A Slew Of Fellow Oklahoma Natives Joined Shelton At The Show

This show held at Tulsa, OK’s BOK Center marked the final night of the “No Body” singer’s 2024 Back to the Honky Tonk Tour. He decided to end on a high note by welcoming some fellow Okies to the stage throughout the night. 

After local country artist Justin Adams opened the show, Shelton took the stage and began his set with 2021’s “Come Back as a Country Boy.” He continued with several of his early-career No. 1’s like “Some Beach” and “Austin” and by the end of the evening, he had performed more than 20 songs out of his chart-topping discography. 

“I don’t know if you guys have a clue what you bought a ticket for. Get comfortable—this is gonna take a while, okay?” he told the crowd a the start of the show. “We’re here for one reason tonight…That’s to celebrate country music like Okies do.” 

Ronnie Dunn; Photo by Phil Clarkin Photography for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Ronnie Dunn; Photo by Phil Clarkin Photography for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

In between Shelton’s performances, radio host Storme Warren of TuneIn Radio’s The Big 615 was on hand to introduce each of the special guests including Kristin Chenoweth, Wade Hayes, the Swon Brothers, and Country Music Hall of Fame members Ronnie Dunn and Vince Gill. Each of these Oklahoma natives delivered two songs of their own.

Dunn received a warm welcome from the fans as he sang hits from the Brooks & Dunn catalog like  “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and also shared some fond memories from time spent at local honky Tonks Duke’s Country and Tulsa City Limits.

Although Chenoweth recognized herself as the outlier among her fellow performers, the Broadway star and native of the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, received one of the most biggest standing ovations of the evening. She performed a cover of the Willie Nelson hit “Always on My Mind” and a stunning rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

“This is for anybody out there who has dreams just like I did growing up in this town,” said Chenoweth, who is originally from the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.

Gill’s set was both exciting and incredibly sentimental as he sang an unreleased song, “Heroes” along with a delivery of 1993’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” This touching song was dedicated to Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident in 1990, and fellow Oklahoman and Country Music Hall of Fame member-elect Toby Keith, who passed away of stomach cancer in February.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton; Photo by Jamie Wendt for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Gwen Stefani Takes The Stage

Even through Gwen Stefani was not born and raised in the Sooner State, she has become a proud resident thanks to Shelton, and as a result, she too showed up to sing a few songs. The couple joined forces to perform their two country radio chart-toppers, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere,” as well as “Purple Irises,” their most recent duet that’s set to appear on Stefani’s next album. 

“Hey, everybody, say hello to my personal favorite new Oklahoman!” Shelton said to introduce his wife, the night’s only unannounced special guest.

L-R -Justin Adams, Colton and Zach Swon of the Swon Brothers, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Kristin Chenoweth, Storme Warren, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill and Wade Hayes. Photo by Jamie Wendt for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

What Is The All For The Hall Concert?

Shelton’s unforgettable show marked the first All for the Hall event to be held in Oklahoma. It proved to be the most successful All for the Hall fundraiser outside of Nashville to date as it raised nearly $800,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s education programs.

Proceeds from Saturday show will go towards the nonprofit museum’s educational initiatives, including its flagship Words & Music program, which allows students to tell their stories by writing original song lyrics while simultaneously developing language-arts skills. These educational opportunities directly served more than 230,000 people last year though in-person and virtual programs.

Vince Gill is responsible for starting the All for the Hall series of fundraising concerts back in 2005 when he had the idea to have country music artists donate the proceeds from one annual performance to the nonprofit Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. More information is available at

Despite this being the end of Shelton’s headlining run, he will continue to perform throughout the year at a variety of fairs and festivals. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.