Blake Shelton’s Song Hell Right Sparked Controversy In The US
In the eyes of The Voice fans, Blake Shelton can do no wrong.
People love everything about the country singer, from his chart-topping hits to his relationship with Gwen Stefani to his cheeky sense of humor. Plus, there’s the fact that he has mentored a champion more times than any other coach over the course of the reality series. But even with a record number of Voice wins, nobody is perfect—and Blake may have accidentally turned a few supporters against him.
During Tuesday night’s episode, Blake took the stage with his friend and fellow country star Trace Adkins to perform their single “Hell Right.”
Throughout their back-country duet, the Southern natives shared spoken-word narratives about partying and the chorus offered one repetitive piece of advice: “If you gonna raise hell then you better damn raise hell right.” When the performance was over, Blake grabbed the mic and said “Merry Christmas, America.”
While the live audience erupted with cheers, some Voice viewers at home weren’t as pleased.
“I am disappointed in Blake and Trace. I like them both, but I don’t think we need more swearing to be cool and hip,” one critic wrote. Others agreed the lyrics were inappropriate and called Blake a “hypocrite” for mentioning Christmas after singing “Hell Right.”
Of course, there were people who loved the “amazing” duet—and even called on the singers to make more music together.
Blake—who has been known to clap back at haters on Twitter—has not responded to the criticism surrounding his latest performance. “Hell Right” actually stirred up controversy when it was first released, but that didn’t stop the single from reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100—and if we had to guess, a few angry Voice fans won’t stop Blake from singing whatever he wants.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani want to get married, according to a new report … but there’s one major obstacle standing in the way. In a new cover story, People reports that the couple are holding off on getting married because Stefani wants a church wedding as part of her Roman Catholic faith, which “isn’t currently possible.”
The couple met on the set of The Voice when Stefani joined the show in 2015, and they began dating after both of them went through divorces. Multiple sources tell People that Shelton was “very serious” about their relationship from the beginning, and he thought about proposing early on. But Stefani wants to have a church wedding, and that isn’t possible in her faith unless she has her previous marriage annulled, which can be a long process.
Despite that roadblock, the couple are basically living as man and wife now, splitting their time between Shelton’s ranch in Oklahoma and a house they purchased together in Los Angeles. Shelton is also very close to Stefani’s three sons, and their families have gotten to know each other and are “very like-minded and comfortable with each other.”
“It’s definitely headed toward marriage,” a friend of the couple tells People.
Blake Shelton: ‘I Was a Jerk to Everybody’ Before Dating Gwen Stefani
Blake Shelton says he’s softened up a lot since he started dating Gwen Stefani in 2015, kidding that he “was a jerk” to the people around him before that. At least, we think he’s kidding.
The country superstar and coach on The Voice met Stefani when she joined the show in 2015, and they began dating later that year after both of their divorces. Stefani joins Shelton on a new song, “Nobody But You,” that talks about how a loving relationship can change someone’s life, and Shelton readily admits that Stefani has had a profound impact on him.
“I don’t want to remember what I was like before Gwen, actually,” Shelton tells Entertainment Tonight in a new interview.
“I’m a little bit of [a] jerk to you still,” he kids competing Voice coach Kelly Clarkson, adding, “But I was a jerk to everybody… Look how nice I am now!”