Country star Luke Bryan said that Taylor Swift is ‘no longer a country artist:’ ‘I wouldn’t necessarily say she is a country artist. I mean, obviously Taylor Swift started in country, but she morphed into somewhat of a cultural icon, so, who am I to judge what she is?
There’s always room for your hard-core country songs and that will always shine through and I’ll always have those on my album. And then I’ll have fun stuff that gets people up and dancing that some people may want to say, ‘Well that sounds real pop-y!’ but I don’t really think it does, I just think it’s what’s going on.
You know, if Kelly Clarkson wants to do country albums because that’s what inspires her, then let her do it. Look at Kanye West or Ludacris ..they aren’t rappin’ and cussin’ like they were on their first few albums, so what does that make them? It’s all in the eye of the beholder and the listener. We all use our outlet to grow ourself.’