OFFSTAGE: Trace Adkins Thinks Justin Bieber Is a Blessing and a Curse

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Oh, that Justin Bieber. He’s the teenager Trace Adkins sort of loves to hate. He loves him because Adkins was able to be a hero to one of his younger daughters when he arranged to have her meet Bieber backstage at one of his concerts. But he also sort of hates him because he just can’t get Bieber’s infectious pop tune “Baby” out of his head. “’Baby, baby, oh!’ That’s just all it is over and over, it’s like ’99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,’ man,” Adkins recently told CMT Radio. “It’s the same cute little thing over and over … and over. My 3-year old granddaughter says, ’Justin Bieber’s my life.’ The only reason she says that is because you know she’s heard her 13-year-old aunt say the same thing.” So I guess the moral of the story is that whether you are 3 years old or 49 years old, Bieber can make an indelible mark on you.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.