Blake Shelton appears to have subtly hit back at critics of his new song Minimum Wage (Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeart)
Blake Shelton appears to have hit back at critics after his new song Minimum Wage was slammed online.
The country singer debuted his track on the NYE countdown as he crooned about his relationship with fiancée Gwen Stefani.
However, the song’s title and lyrics did not go down well as many felt it was extremely insensitive amid the ongoing pandemic which has left people homeless, jobless, and in difficult financial situations.
Taking to Twitter days later, the hitmaker thanked fellow artists who had spoken out in his defence.
He wrote: ‘When your fans, @RonnieDunn and @sammyhagar have your back it’s gonna be a good year. Bring it on, 2021.’
Brooks & Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn had taken to Facebook to defend Blake as he wrote: ‘The “beef” is yet another of those misguided social issue (cultural scams) that are concocted to further divide this country.
‘Now, they want to attack country singers for being successful. I slept on a mattress on the floor in a musician friend’s spare bedroom and played BEER JOINTS / DIVE BARS for years before I ever made a $100.’
He continued: ‘Most country singers pay dues and go through things to become successful that no sane human being would. I grew up poor. My father was a truck driver, avid country music fan and oilfield worker all his life.
‘My mother worked a ‘minimum wage’ job as a small town bank teller to help support a family with four kids. The entire world wants to hitch a free ride on the American Dream. Those that don’t want to diminish or destroy it.’
Singing about his partner Gwen Stefani, he is heard stating: ‘Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage’ (Picture: John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
He then concluded: ‘Read the full lyrics to Blake’s song. Hell, I wish I’d written it.’
When the track dropped, people took issue with a line which saw Blake state: ‘Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.’
Before taking the stage to premiere the single, Blake told the show’s host, Carson Daly: ‘I can’t speak for everybody else, but I had a great 2020.
‘Even though a lot of bad stuff happened personally for me, I got engaged to Gwen Stefani, and I don’t care what else happened besides that. That made it a great year.’