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Should Country Fans Be Upset About Gwen Stefani Playing the Grand Ole Opry?

On May 9, the Grand Ole Opry will continue its coronavirus-altered concert series with featured performances by Dustin Lynch, Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton.

 

While the former two artists will perform together on the Opry stage, Shelton will play "Nobody But You," his hit duet with romantic partner Gwen Stefani, from his ranch in Oklahoma.

 

Some purists are upset over a pop star's inclusion in the sacred telecast, but Saving Country Music notes that nobody voiced similar objections when Vince Gill performed with Christian-pop artist Amy Grant.

 

"Despite what some may think about Gwen Stefani, she will undoubtedly draw many eyeballs and attention to a good cause," writes SCM. "Let’s bite our tongues for a more appropriate moment to rage against the incursion of pop into country, and see the bigger picture during this unprecedented time--because the Grand Ole Opry is ultimately for everyone."

RICHMOND WEATHER

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