Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift have spent some time together recently with Swift appearing as an advisor on the seventh season of The Voice. Both artists got their start in country music, but Shelton think's Swift made the right decision to call her new album what it was, a pop album.
In a new interview with CMT's Cody Alan, Shelton didn't see why Swift's change in direction for her upcoming album, 1989, needed to be such a big deal.
"I talked to Taylor, actually, about this on the set that day," Shelton said. "And she said, 'Man, I made the record. I listened to it, and why can't I just call it what it is, you know? I love that. It's taking a stand for where she feels like she is right now musically."
He went on to praise Swift's talents across the board.
"I never have understood the concept of being pigeon-holed or cornered into a situation, and nobody can take you seriously if you step out of that zone," Shelton said of Swift's new material. "I mean, if anybody can do it, it's Taylor. And why the hell wouldn't she do it? It's incredible. I don't care what you call it."
Swift is one of five advisors working with contestants on this season of the reality singing competition alongside Little Big Town, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and Gavin Rossdale.
Her new album, 1989, is due out October 27 via Big Machine Records. It preceded by her lead single "Shake It Off," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Elsewhere in the interview, he talks about his new album Bringing Back the Sunshine as well as his wife Miranda Lambert. Watch the full interview below (he talks about Swift at the 5:32 mark). Let us know what you think in the comments section!