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The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines has, certainly, never been known for holding back her opinion. Those who follow her Twitter account are well aware of this--especially this week, when the singer decided to make some observations about a fellow country artist's 2012 Grammy performance.
"Well the good thing about his mic going out is suddenly the song got a lot more in tune," Maines tweeted on Sunday, while apparently watching the Grammy Awards online. "By 'he' I mean whoever the guy was singing with Kelly Clarkson."
That guy was, of course, multi-Grammy nominee Jason Aldean--performing the hit duet "Don't You Wanna Stay"--whom Maines termed "pitchy."
When irate fans rushed to his defense, Maines noted that she didn't know Aldean. "I haven't been aware of country music in at least 6 years. It's not my thing," she explained.
"Top 40 country music just hasn't ever been my thing," she added. "I used to follow it because I felt it was my job to know what was going on. I don't think that anymore."
Maines ended up softening her words a bit, saying "I'm sure he's usually good," and noting that she "simply made an observation about his pitch problems on the Grammys. I can promise you it wasn't news to him. We all have those nights. It sucks, but it happens."
Aldean, for his part, chose not to respond on his own Twitter account.
Maines went on to praise Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Bon Iver, but returned to snark mode when it came to Chris Brown. "Hey Chris Brown, Don't forget, O.J. Simpson won awards too," she tweeted.
Angry comments continued to roll in through the week, which Maines responded to selectively. When told that her "15 minutes were up" by one tweeter, she replied, "I'm as washed up as I want to be. My #1 job is being a Mom to our two boys and it's by choice."
When another said "WHEN r u EVER going to learn 2 JUST sing and [shut up]?" Maines responded simply, "Ahahaha."
What do you think of Natalie Maines's comments about Jason Aldean? Be sure to let me know!