Blake Shelton Performs Controversial Hit ‘Minimum Wage’ on ‘The Voice’

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The two-night finale of The Voice would not feel right without a performance from Blake Shelton. Shelton performed his hit “Minimum Wage” which received a bit of criticism when it first came out.


Blake Shelton Sings ‘Minimum Wage’ During ‘The Voice’ Two-Night Finale

The theme for Shelton’s performance of “Minimum Wage” was an old-school-style gas station. The background singers stood next to gas pumps. The backdrop of the stage featured colorful graphics of gas pumps and gas station signs.

Many called his song “tone deaf” when it first came out due to the fact that he is a millionaire, especially during the pandemic when unemployment skyrocketed. Shelton spoke out multiple times about how he did not have any ill-intentions with this song. He revealed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that he earned minimum wage before he was a superstar country singer.

“The song is about how having not very much money sucks but having love makes that a whole lot better,” the 44-year-old hitmaker said. “It’s a common theme I guess in country music anyway about how tough times, they suck, but if you’re with the person that you love makes it a whole lot easier that’s what the song is about.”


Shelton roofed houses as a teenager earning minimum wage at the time which he thinks was about $3.25. He found country music success 20 years ago with the release of his song “Austin.” His life sure looks a lot different now but he has not forgotten his humble Oklahoma roots.

“Girl, your love is money, your love is money/ Yeah, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage/Girl, your love is money, your love is money/Yeah, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage,” Shelton sings in “Minimum Wage.”

Shelton is going for his eighth win on The Voice this season with two artists left in the competition, Jordan Matthew Young and Cam Anthony. Will this king of The Voice have even more to brag about at the end of the finale?


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