The offspring of country legend Waylon Jennings really got a bug up his behind when he read Rolling Stone's profile of John Mayer, which suggested that the singer was settling down and going in a new direction with his new album Born and Raised. Tweeted Jennings, "I love how the 'Neil Young of our generation' self-naming king douche grows his hair out + buys a place in Montana just to do article…Claims he's 'done w hollywood game' and has 'roots' and then immediately cuts hair, goes back to hollywood clubs + starts banging Katy Perry…. And don't anybody say he's a great guitar player. Gary Clark Jr & [Lukas Nelson] wipe their asses with this dude… Sorry to s--- talk. Lord knows not everybody likes my ass. But seeing that RS in my friggin bathroom & reading the narcissistic drivel" set him off.
20. JOHN MAYER vs. TAYLOR SWIFT
Mayer was set off by Swift releasing the song "Dear John" about their relationship two years ago, though it took till he was promoting his new album to publicly own up to his irk. The song "made me feel terrible," he told Rolling Stone. "I think it's kind of cheap songwriting. I know she's the biggest thing in the world, and I'm not trying to sink anybody's ship, but I think it's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!' That's bull... I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do." In response to this, interviewers asked Swift about Mayer's response while she was promoting her album, but she claimed not to have seen it. When one journalist started quoting Mayer to her, she put her fingers in her ears.
21. STEVIE NICKS VS. NICKI MINAJ
Minaj's feud with Mariah continued to trickle down and create lesser feuds. Nicks, a pal of Carey's, said that if she were Mariah, she would have "killed [Minaj] in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it." Nicks later apologized and attributed her comments not just to her friendship with Carey but also her addled state of mind in the wake of her mother's death. "I guess I was just being extremely protective," Nicks told the New York Post. "From the bottom of my heart I would say I am very sorry. I felt, did this really happen? I don't even recognize my words. Could this have been a Law & Order moment? I can't tell you. I don't know."
22. 50 CENT vs. GAME
An old perennial that never goes away. The seemingly diminished beef took on new life when 50 gave Game a hard time again on his single "My Life." Game responded by promising to resurrect an old 50-dissing track he'd written, promising, "There's more to say." As there no doubt will be on their respective deathbeds.
23. JUSTIN MOORE and MIRANDA LAMBERT vs. ASHTON KUTCHER
When Kutcher wore a cowboy hat and jacket to the Academy of Country Music Awards, and used his introduction to sing a few exaggeratedly twangy bars, some attendees felt it was less homage than thinly disguised haterade. "What a douce! I don't care for people making a mockery of the way country artists dress," wrote Moore. Tweeted Lambert, "Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me?" Kutcher tweeted back, "I am one of the biggest country music fans you've ever met. Wasn't making fun at all." At least he didn't tweet a photo of himself on a hay bale.
24. HANK WILLIAMS JR. vs. BARACK OBAMA and ALEC BALDWIN
"We've got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!" Williams Jr. told a festival audience in Texas. The trout-hating jihadist president in question did not fire back (apparently he was too busy commenting on Nicki Minaj's Romney endorsement). But Baldwin took on the task, tweeting, "If Hank Williams Jr wasn't such a pathetic, wheezing fossil, I'd have a talk with him," adding that the one-time country hitmaker was "a broken-down, senile, racist coot."