All is not well in country music paradise. Things are getting heated as some of the top names in the business go at it.
When word got out that country legend Garth Brooks lip synced his performance of his song “Ask Me How I Know” at last week’s Country Music Association Awards, some fans were disappointed.
One of the most vocal critics of Brooks’ miming was country singer Anderson Easy, best known as the boyfriend of multi-award winner Miranda Lambert.
East took to Twitter to blast Brooks for lip syncing on the same night he was honored with the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year prize, Daily Mail reports.
I keep a lot of my opinions to myself and respect anyone making music but as a person who tries to put on the best and most honest show I can night after night… this truly offends me. I was told country music is three chords and the truth. https://t.co/jucvh4xmpy
— Anderson East (@Andersoneast) November 10, 2017
When East reposted his critique to Instagram later, Lambert joined in on the anti-Brooks tirade, replying “High five on this babe. If you can’t sing then don’t. It’s better to be honest than to pretend. I think it’s bulls***. My favorite performances were live live. The truth”
Ouch! The remarks were especially scathing in light of Brooks’ praise for Lambert throughout the awards.
Singer Miranda Lambert and Anderson East pic.twitter.com/VYzIDqlc1X
— Boateng Duka Kofi (@DukaKofi) November 9, 2017
The legendary singer referenced Lambert when he received his award from Reba McEntire, saying “Getting this presented to me by the entertainer of a lifetime, I thank you. Miranda said it best, Little Big Town said it best — we’re a family.”
Brooks even had glowing words for Lambert after the awards ceremony. “[Miranda Lambert] is one of the few females that we play, so you think she’d want to play it safe. She stuck country music in all of our faces tonight. Traditional country music. So she’s fighting the good fight.”
— She's gonna make it 💕💕 (@gbfan1962) November 1, 2017
Brooks said he lip synced because “the voice just isn’t there anymore,” particularly with the artist’s current tight concert schedule, which includes “12 shows in 10 days.” The country icon asserted it was important to him to “represent country music as best you can.”
While many fans were disgruntled upon learning of Brooks’ miming, they were even more upset with Lambert and East’s unprovoked jab.
I’d like this chump to pull off 10 shows in 12 days like Garth has done and see if he still has a voice
— William Baldwin (@flyboymn77) November 11, 2017
How about you wait to judge until you have won country entertainer for the sixth time, and have played to sell out crowds for 20+years…
— Lisa Borneo Suggs (@LisaBorneo) November 10, 2017
It’s an awards show 4 goodness sake. As many live shows he does 4 paying customers 2 take night off 2 rest voice does not offend me. Now if I’m at concert & paid good money they sure as heck better sing live. #givetheguyabreak #minordeal
— Loreen vS (@allyant) November 10, 2017
I didn’t even know who Anderson East was. I was going to see Chris Stapleton which was amazing. Found out he was Maranda’s boyfriend later. Me and my husband were so ready for him to get off the stage. He was horrible. Couldn’t understand a sing word he was singing.
— Monica OgdenCrawford (@Moni5o) November 11, 2017
Country star Blake Shelton–who happens to be Miranda Lambert’s ex-husband–added further drama to the situation by coming out in support of Brooks.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 10, 2017
Country music is often seen as the last bastion of sanity in what is otherwise a morally bankrupt music industry.
Sorry but no. Blake Shelton is ? pic.twitter.com/2uevhCmbG4
— Liz Just Liz (@LizJustLiz80) November 13, 2017
But apparently a few public spats here and there are needed to keep things interesting.
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