Blake Shelton Defends Beyonce’s ‘Daddy Lessons’ Against Country Critics
Whether Blake Shelton is a Beyonce fan or not, he defends her right to make whatever kind of music she wants, including one of her new country-flavored tracks, “Daddy Lessons."
Several critics have come out saying the song isn’t actually country, but Shelton says it doesn’t matter.
"People that criticize can kiss my a--. That’s what I say,” Shelton tells Entertainment Tonight. “I can’t believe people that don’t contribute to music that criticize music, it just blows my mind and Beyonce — tell them to kiss that a--, is what I would do."
The most outspoken and visible criticism so far has been from CMT, in which the author of the review, titled “What’s So Country About Beyonce?", slams the song for not being country enough and not being recorded in Tennessee or written by Nashville songwriters.
"Sure, Beyonce’s new album Lemonade has a song with some yee-haws, a little harmonica and mentions of classic vinyl, rifles and whiskey. But all of the sudden, everyone’s acting like she’s moved to Nashville and announced that she’s country now,” CMT’s Alison Bonoguro wrote on April 25. “If you ask me, this song is no more country than her ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’."
Shelton’s not one to stay quiet when he has an opinion, so it’s no surprise he weighed in. He’s one of the bolder coaches on NBC’s The Voice, and his Twitter account is filled with unfiltered commentary. He’s spinning that transparency into a new record following his divorce from Miranda Lambert, titled If I’m Honest, which is slated for release May 20. The album includes a song he wrote with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, which at first he said they were hesitant to do.
“We were at a point where it’s like, ‘Do we want to go there? What will people think?’ And then we finally just got to the point where it’s like, ‘You know what? I don’t give a s–t,’” Shelton says.
The couple will perform "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" together on The Voice on May 9.
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