Gwen Stefani Surprises Blake Shelton with Star-Studded 20-Season Anniversary Message on ‘The Voice’

Gwen Stefani, Todd Tilghman, Ian Flanigan, RaeLynn and more surprised Blake Shelton with a special 10-year, 20-season anniversary gift on…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 24, 2021


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Gwen Stefani, Todd Tilghman, Ian Flanigan, RaeLynn and more surprised Blake Shelton with a special 10-year, 20-season anniversary gift on The Voice.

Following a performance of his latest single “Minimum Wage” during night one of the two-night season finale of The Voice, Shelton was honored with a surprise gift, as he is the only coach to take part in all 10 years and 20 seasons of the hit show. 

Stefani appeared in a video message with former members of Team Blake, including Tilghman, Flanigan, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, The Swon Brothers, Toneisha Harris, Lauren Duski, Danielle Bradbery and more.

“Surprise, Blakey!” Stefani said. “Obviously, you changed my life when I met you on The Voice my first season. But sometimes I don’t think you realize the impact you have had on so many people’s lives on this show.”

The clip went on to show his former team members praising him for the impact he’s had on their lives and career thus far.

“Blake Shelton, happy 10 years on The Voice,” Tilghman said cheerfully.

“I can’t believe that you’re celebrating 20 years of changing lives and making dreams come true,” Flanigan added.

“Everybody you come in contact with you make them feel like family,” Harris gushed. “I will forever be grateful.”

“Happy 10th anniversary on The Voice,” RaeLynn added before Pope chimed in telling him, “I love you.”

“Thank you so much and we’re sending all the love,” Bradbery said.

“Blake, thank you so much, we love you, you will always be our mentor and always be our coach,” The Swon Brothers shared.

Shelton was noticeably overwhelmed and surprised by the video montage. 

“It’s hard to take it all in. It’s overwhelming, I love my job here and I love that I’ve been able to have some little chapter in people’s lives along the way as far as their journey goes,” Blake told host Carson Daly after watching the heartwarming clip. “And everyone of those that were up there they’re doing great. They’re killing it right now. They’re making music for a living and that’s a big deal, it’s pretty awesome.”

Shelton is known to continue supporting his team members following their journey on The Voice. Recently, Shelton teamed up with Flanigan to record a duet together and The Swon Brothers penned his latest project’s title track, “Body Language.”

Furthermore, Shelton’s Nashville bar Ole Red is hosting a summer residency featuring RaeLynn. Other artists such as Bradbery and Pope have been given the opportunity to tour with Shelton following their time on the popular singing competition show.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.