After the Dixie Chicks appeared on stage with Beyonce during the 50th Annual CMA Awards, country music legend Travis Tritt voiced his dislike of Beyonce being on the CMA stage performing, going on to tweet country artists would be invited to the BET Awards and more.
Based on his tweets above, he has received plenty of backlash, with some people even saying his comments were racist.
However, Tritt has recently sat down with Nash Country Daily, to clarify his statement.
“It wasn’t so much about just Beyoncé.” He said.
“There are a lot of people that try to twist this into being something different than what it is—being motivated by something different than what it’s motivated by—the fact is that this is something that I’ve been very vocal about for a long time. Race has nothing to do with it. … First of all, they said that I trashed Beyoncé, which I never did. I never made a statement saying anything bad about her personally. All I said was that her performance—in my humble opinion—her performance as well as any of the other performances that have been on from the pop world, including Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Justin Timberlake or whoever, do not belong.”
It makes about as much sense to me as it would make sense to bring Eminem in on the Dove Awards. But you wouldn’t do that because it doesn’t fit the format. That’s my humble opinion.”