Blake Shelton made a triumphant return to the ACM Awards stage in 2018, marking his first appearance in years. Fans eagerly anticipated his performance, speculating which of his hit songs he would choose to sing.
While many expected Shelton to perform his then-current single “I Lived It” or perhaps the nominated “I’ll Name the Dogs,” he surprised everyone with an unexpected throwback performance. As part of the ACM’s special “ACM Throwback” segment, Shelton joined forces with country icon Toby Keith to pay homage to the 25th anniversary of songs released in 1993.
The choice of song for their collaboration was none other than Keith’s breakout hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” Coincidentally, Keith himself was celebrating the milestone anniversary of the song that year, naming his tour “The Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV.”
When Shelton and Keith took the stage at the ACM Awards, they electrified the audience, prompting everyone to rise to their feet and join in the celebration. Their performance was met with thunderous applause and left a lasting impression on both fans and fellow artists alike.
Without a doubt, Shelton and Keith’s rendition of “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” was a highlight of the night, showcasing their undeniable chemistry and talent in a truly epic performance.