"Possibility number one 12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture, possibility number two - you’re all racists"
"If you’re going to play 2 on 2 against Sturridge and Suarez, well, all the best…"
"I know! When all of that was blowing up, Blake was devastated. It’s so interesting to me that people will jump on anything to get mad at. Here’s Blake Shelton – yes, he’s a big star – but he’s also one of my dearest friends. And there is not one person, and I’m not just saying this, who could sit there and quote every musician who’s played on every record. I can text him right now and say, “Hey, who wrote such-and-such song in 1982?” and he would tell me. He is an encyclopedia of country music.
And for someone who cares so much, for them to attack him, I was thinking, “Ugh! That should be the last person they should be attacking!” But I think he handled it well and I think he proves himself. You can hear him sing on “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter).” He’s got one of the best country, male voices ever. I’ve never heard him miss a note. So yeah, I’m a fan of my Blake, and I’ll protect him."
— Ashley Monroe on Blake Shelton getting in trouble last year for talking about new country versus the old timers. (via shelbertaddict
"It seems women are expected to be so much more than men, which means we have to work that much harder. We’re the ones under the microscope. We’re expected to sound perfect. We’re expected to look perfect all the time. We’re expected to be style-setters, whereas the boys roll onto the stage in their jeans, T-shirts and baseball caps. I don’t know what we all can do to change this. But I do hope it does change. I would love to see more women making their mark in the music that I love so much. There are so many more out there just waiting for their shot. I hope they get it!"
— Carrie Underwood on expectations for male and female artists. x