"It's absolutely not throwing any kind of shade at Lil Nas X at all," a spokesperson for Shelton said.
In "The Voice" judge's new duet with Trace Adkins, "Hell Right," Shelton sings, "Then the girl from the small town took off the 'Old Town' put on a little Hank Jr."... and Adkins adds, "Thank God."
Because of this lyric, people believe the track is a diss at Lil Nas X's song ( while expressing a preference for fellow country singer Hank Williams Jr.) However, Shelton has denied "Hell Right" includes any shade or disrespect towards the rapper's record-breaking hit with Billy Ray Cyrus.
"It's absolutely not throwing any kind of shade at Lil Nas X at all," a spokesperson for Shelton told Variety Friday. "Blake says this literally has nothing to do with anything at all except how much the song is played."
But in his denial, Shelton even took another mini-swipe at Billy Ray.
"It could have been 'Achy Breaky Heart' or any other (overplayed) song," the rep concluded.
However he assured there was no bad blood, and that Cyrus had given his blessing.
"Blake talked to Billy Ray and he thought it was funny," he added.
Lil Nas X joked about the possible shade in a tweet Friday, which has since been deleted.
"It don't slap like old town road tho," the rapper wrote alongside a link to the story, according to ET.
At just 20 years old, Lil Nas X has become hugely successful with his debut single. "Old Town Road" is the longest-running No.1. song in history and has stayed on the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks, dethroning previous record-holders, including Mariah Carey.
The musician also became the first artist to come out as gay while having a number one hit.
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