Today is brought to you by the letter “D,” for Drama.
Sparks flew Monday night after Tony Lucca’s performance on “The Voice” when the rocker made an uncharacteristically bold choice with coach Adam Levine to perform the song “99 Problems” by Jay-Z.
If you’re not familiar with the song, there are several instances of the “B” word. And - if you’re not familiar with network TV - that doesn’t exactly fly.
Christina Aguilera wasn’t about to stand for it, calling the lyrics derogatory toward women. This, of course, comes after the much-publicized incident where The Wanted dubbed the singer a “B” so she was going in extra sensitive.
“It’s called a metaphor,” Levine shot back on camera.
After a tense back and forth, the show went on, but rumor has it the fight didn’t stop there, as the Maroon 5 frontman had some more choice words for the "Genie in a Bottle" singer.
Performers were far from unaffected.
“I was glad Adam stood up like he did and said, ‘No man this is about life. It’s a metaphor kind of thing,’” Lucca told Hollyscoop after the show. “[Aguilera] tried to make it a case of being derogatory towards women and her… and tried to drag my wife and baby into it… and its like... okay, you don’t want to start that.’”
Due to the controversy, Lucca had to change his performance at the last minute - instead of using the "B" word, the singer sang nothing at all.
Lucca tells Hollyscoop the coaches did not make up afterward, and the feud is ongoing.
The disagreement is apparently splitting the singers too. Chris Mann has sided with his coach, Aguilera.
“I am a big fan of Tony. It was a weird song choice,” said Mann. “You can say that it wasn’t what it was. But it was exactly what it was. I didn’t think it was cool but whatever.”
Watch the drama unfold again tonight at 9/8 c on NBC.