Learn the Story Behind Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus’ Feud
Country music has seen its share of feuds among its stars. From Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner to the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith, there's proof that words can cut deep, and some stars still bear the scars. One of country music's biggest feuds was between Travis Tritt and Billy Ray Cyrus, and the two turned 1992 into fiery year with lots of sparks flying.
Tritt certainly didn't hold back words when discussing Cyrus' music, calling his 1992 single "Achy Breaky Heart" "frivolous" and saying that it "doesn't really make much of a statement." But he didn't stop there: Tritt also said that the video for the song was turning country music into an "ass wiggling contest." Ouch.
Tritt later apologized, but that didn't stop Cyrus from putting in his two cents -- or, should we say, his twenty-five cents.
When he won the American Music Award for Favorite Country Single in 1993, Cyrus pounded his fists on the lectern during his acceptance speech, yelling, "To those people who don't like "Achy Breaky Heart," here's a quarter; call someone who cares!" He was, of course, not-so-subtly alluding to Tritt's "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," a Top 5 single from 1991.
While there were certainly a slew of not-so-nice words between the two singers, they eventually reconciled and performed together in 2002 at Waylon Jennings' memorial. And Tritt also admitted that he broke a cardinal rule in country music: “You just don’t say anything negative about anybody. Period."