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Adam Levine may have angered countless Adam Lambert fans on Tuesday night, but the Maroon 5 frontman isn’t sorry.

That’s because he says he was simply being honest in his assessment of Nakia, a contestant on The Voice who covered Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me.” Praising the aspiring singer, Levine said:

“I’m pretty sure, although I’ve never heard that song before, that you probably sang it better than the person that sang it originally.”

It was definitely an odd phrasing – if you’re unfamiliar with the original artist, why go out of your way to say Nakia sang it better than this unknown individual? – but Levine said it was the truth, not a passive aggressive jab.

“I had honestly never heard that song before,” he Tweeted yesterday. “I thought that @nakia made me like a song that would have otherwise fallen flat. I’m NOT sorry.. No disrespect intended for @adamlambert… I honesty had never heard the song before. I’m not one to take cheap shots like that.”

Case closed? You tell us: Do you think Levine meant his critique as a diss of Lambert?