He’s standing by his word! Travis Tritt went on a Twitter tirade after Beyonce showed up to the CMA Awards last month, and in a new interview, he’s further explained his sarcastic comments about her appearance. So, why did he find it so ‘insulting?’ Find out here!
Beyonce’s fans were in an uproar when Travis Tritt, 53, slammed her for showing up to the CMA Awards on Nov. 2, but he has no regrets about his Twitter rant. In case you’re just catching up, the country star took to Twitter a few days after the show to write, “Thanks to everyone who came out to see us in Bowling Green, KY tonight. Sorry we weren’t able to do any Beyonce for all the country fans.”
He added, “FYI My band and I are gonna try to work up Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies” for all you die hard country fans who love traditional music! I want to know when the BET or SoulTrain awards are gonna ask a country artist to perform on their award shows?”
Speaking with Nash Country Daily on Nov. 29, Travis finally spoke out about his tweets, and offered a further explanation for what he wrote, citing other artists, including Elton John, Sting, Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake, who have been at the CMAs to “boost ratings.”
“I understand the concept behind that but at the same time I’ve always found it a little bit insulting from the standpoint of being a country music artist,” he told the publication. “Because this is a format that I’ve been a part of since the very beginning of my career. It’s a format that I have seen grow a tremendous amount in the 27 years that I’ve been doing this.”
He explained that he feels the country genre can “stand on its own two feet without the help from outside sources,” and added that this is something he’s been complaining about for years. “The fact is that this is something that I’ve been very vocal about for a long time,” he said. “Race has nothing to do with it. That’s what I’ve tried to make clear from the very beginning.”
“Every pop performance or R&B performance or any other type of genre performance that you have on the CMA Awards, that takes time away from somebody who is a country music artist, doing country music songs,” he went on. “That’s taking time away from them.” Do you guys agree?
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