A recent performance by Gwen Stefani at the Country Music Television Awards left people divided. During the 57th annual Country Music Television Awards, held in Austin, Texas (Monday, 3 April), a lineup of superstar performers took the stage. Gwen Stefani’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards was mixed, despite her pop-princess status and the continued popularity of her songs like ‘Rich Girl’ and ‘The Sweet Escape’ on my ‘Feel Good’ playlist. In addition to singing alongside Blake Shelton, Stefani sang with Carly Pearce on ‘Just a Girl,’ originally performed by No Doubt from the album Tragic Kingdom.
Stefani and Pearce performed a genre-bending remix of the song at the awards, surprising the audience live and at home. Unfortunately, not all viewers enjoyed it. CMT’s Instagram clip of the performance was viewed by millions, though some viewers weren’t thrilled. Other Stefani fans, however, embraced the remix and took to social media to express their support. Despite some country listeners not being too happy about the performance, Gwen did not let it affect her performance. Her social media posts from the night seem to indicate that she had a great time in Austin and enjoyed her time there. Furthermore, Carly was eager to spend time with Gwen Stefani, which was the most crucial part.
Fans Are Divided After Gwen Stefani ‘Butchering’ Performance At CMT Awards
While Gwen Stefani performed alongside Blake Shelton at the 2023 CMT Music Awards, some viewers were taken aback by her solo performance. In a rendition of her hit song “Just a Girl,” the former No Doubt frontwoman performed with Carly Pearce at one of country music’s biggest events. It was incredible to see the former The Voice coach remix a well-known rock anthem into a different genre during the awards show, as the duo tore up the stage with their memorable performance. @gwenstefani and @carlypearce’s ICONIC performance of Just A Girl from the #CMTAwards has been posted on CMT’s official Instagram account. Gwen teamed up with the “What He Didn’t Do” singer and uniquely performed the popular song, but longtime country fans were less enthusiastic. On Instagram, some commented about how it didn’t resonate with them like it used to. According to one person, Gwen Stefani is wonderful. It was a disgrace. This was butchered, and it didn’t belong on Country Music Television Awards. I don’t understand what’s going on here. I’m sorry, but this is awful. Another wrote I don’t know why she is trying so hard to change her voice. Another commented, If it weren’t for Blake, this wouldn’t have happened.
A fourth user echoed: They’re both beautiful and talented, but this isn’t country music. Just because she married a country music artist? Please, no, no, no. However, other Stefani fans flooded social media with support for the remix and supported the singer. One user wrote: It would be so much better if you all got a life… Gwen’s great and country will always be country, but they’re having fun with it because they’re on stage. Another user said, there’s nothing you’re not bothered about! She sounds the same as she did 20 years ago! A legend, she is. Kacey Musgraves isn’t the most country thing either, yet we eat it up and nobody is bothered. A third user added, you always have something to complain about. Conclusion: None of you makes sense! From pop to country or country to pop, they all switch back and forth. Take a step back! It was great. Other acts on there weren’t country, so I don’t see why you would go off on them! Why is Gwen hated? She hasn’t done anything wrong to anyone. Even though country listeners weren’t too happy with her performance, Gwen didn’t let that affect her performance. It seems the “Hollaback Girl” singer enjoyed her time in Austin since she shared some highlights from the event on social media. In addition, Carly couldn’t wait to share that moment with Gwen, which is the most important.
Remembering how Beyoncé was treated for performing at the same awards for “not being a country singer” despite the fact that she performed actual country music….
— Maxxy Rainbow ???? (@MaxxyRainbow) April 3, 2023
Yaya!!!! Loved that!!! Gwen is the ???? ????
— Paty I lover of good music, coffee and traveling (@MusicCoffeeLol) April 3, 2023
Just nooo. I just wanna know whyyyy. Carly could have sung by herself or maybe the real queen Miranda Lambert could have preformed. ????????♀️????????♀️
— Kate B (@kate_bran08) April 3, 2023
Where did Gwen’s country accent come from? I grew up in that song and know she didn’t have this accent. ????
— Jano615 (@JEdgar615) April 3, 2023
Eeesh. I love Gwen but this is just starting to become a slap in the face to the guys of No Doubt and to the fans. Like…JAG at the CMAs? No.
— Leslie Sarate ???? (@JustAnAZGirl) April 3, 2023
That was awful…sorry…
— MP Carroll (@Miniomaha) April 3, 2023