Chris Pizzello/Invision/APHost Blake Shelton

Chris Pizzello/Invision/APHost Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton disses Britney Spears

Blake Shelton certainly didn’t mince words in his duties as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

At Sunday’s event, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the singer and coach on “The Voice” took aim at Britney Spears, who is in residency at Planet Hollywood in Sin City.

“If you don’t like live music, then you need to go down the block and see Britney Spears,” he told the crowd of country crooners — including Brit’s little sister Jamie Lynn Spears.

In Touch magazine reports that no one was off-limits for Shelton and co-host Luke Bryan. Others in the line of fire included Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

Shelton also thanked Carrie Underwood for helping country music stars become Broadway staples, commenting, “There’s talk about Dolly Parton being in ‘Hello Dolly’ and Reba McEntire and Vince Gill being in ‘Oklahoma!’”

Bryan shot back: “You and Miranda Lambert would be perfect for ‘Beauty and the Beast’!”


Chef Laura Meyer from Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in The City took first place in the nontraditional category at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas.

Barbara Walters, 84, plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16.

“Men at Work” star David Krumholtz and his wife, actress Vanessa Britting, have welcomed a daughter, Pemma Mae.


Actor Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”) is 33.

Actress Patricia Arquette (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 46.

Actress Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) is 48.

Singer Julian Lennon is 51.

Singer-actor John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 54.

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