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Blake Shelton Apologizes After Comments Offend Country Music Legend

Blake Shelton is no stranger to controversy, but his latest comments have offended one of country music’s top legends. It all started with Blake’s GAC Backstory interview in which he talked about the ramifications of winning Male Vocalist of the Year the CMAs.

"If I am Male Vocalist of the Year that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on,” Blake said. “Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their Grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying."

Unfortunately, country music legend Ray Price took great offense to Blake’s comments and posted on Facebook about the incident.

“It's a shame that I have spend (sic) 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me,” Ray wrote.

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“Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song, have a hit first time out with kids only,” he continued. “This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God's answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF 'OLD FART' & JACKASS’) P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”

For his part, Blake was very concerned that his statements had offended the legend and one of his personal idols. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to clarify some comments.

“Whoa!!! I heard I offended one of my all time favorite artists Ray Price by my statement ‘Nobody wants to listen to their grandpas music,’” he wrote.

“And probably some other things from that same interview on GAC Backstory … I hate that I upset him... ” Blake continued. “The truth is my statement was and STILL is about how we as the new generation of country artists have to keep re-inventing country music to keep it popular. Just EXACTLY... The way Mr. Price did along hid (sic) journey as a main stream country artist.. Pushing the boundaries with his records. ‘For The Goodtimes’ is a perfect example with the introduction of a bigger orchestrated sound in country music.. It was new and awesome!!!"

“I absolutely have no doubt I could have worded it better (as always ha!) and I apologize to Mr. Price and any other heroes of mine that it may have offended,” Blake finished.

Clearly, Blake feels sorry for offending the music legend, but do you think his comments were taken out of context or did Ray have a reason to be offended? Weigh in below!

Source: Fox Nation, Facebook, Twitter

01.25.2013 / 10:30 PM EDT by Rachel McRady
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