Blake Shelton Reveals the Pitbull Collaboration That Almost Happened
By Sophie Schillaci
Leave it to Blake Shelton to make even curse words sound charming.
Our favorite vodka-swigging, foul-mouthed country star has no qualms with swearing on air and on Twitter (and we love him for that), but he's gotta draw the line somewhere. Apparently, that's with Pitbull.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show Wednesday morning, Shelton revealed that he turned down an opportunity to work with with the hitmaker.
"I got real close to doing a song with Pitbull one time," he said. "There's just something about me being like a middle America country artist saying the word motherf--ker over and over again. It was like, 'Man, I just don't know if that's going to go over with my soccer moms.' So I opted not to, but I was honored."
The fact that Pitbull asked Shelton to collaborate is not a shock -- the Miami native has built an entire career on headline-making collaborations -- but we are surprised that he and the country superstar, who has exploded into a household name thanks to his coaching gig on NBC's The Voice, couldn't find some common ground to make it happen. (Pitbull performed "Feel This Moment" with Shelton's The Voice co-star Christina Aguilera on the show back in 2013.)
Mixing hip-hop and country is not an entirely unprecedented move. Back in 2004, Nelly and Tim McGraw scored a surprise cross-over hit with "Over and Over." Later, in 2013, the rapper performed on the CMT Music Awards stage with Florida Georgia Line on a remix of their song "Cruise."
But Shelton seems to be doing just fine in his own lane. The 38-year-old's latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, debuted atop both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the all-encompassing Billboard 200 chart. The album features collaborations with Shelton's The Voice mentee RaeLynn, and Ashley Monroe, who together with Shelton's wife Miranda Lambert makes up two-thirds of the Pistol Annies.
Shelton is not only hard at work on the latest season of The Voice, but he'll also co-host the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 19, with Luke Bryan. ET will have boots on the ground at the Dallas celebration, so keep it looked on ETonline.com/Music for the latest news and video.