Blake Shelton may be happy with his win for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards, but he's probably even more happy that he didn't make a bet with Luke Bryan about it beforehand. The country singer's made that mistake before -- and it cost him big.
Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways.
Ladies, you'll want to sit down for this. These days, Luke Bryan is known for shakin' his groove thang in concert -- in skin-tight jeans, no less -- but the star admits he won't pull the Beyonce moves at his shows forever.
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