Kacey Musgraves' Album 'star-crossed' Won't Be Eligible For Best Country Album

10/12/2021 11:35:00 PM

Expectedly, not everyone is okay with this.

Expectedly, not everyone is okay with this.

The debate over what fits under the country music umbrella continues.

, the decision to make the album ineligible was made last week during the Academy’s annual screening committee meeting. While discussing Musgraves’ latest, the committee apparently decided that the album did not fit into the confines of the “country” genre. (Though it will not be eligible to compete in the country categories, the singer is still welcome to submit

star-crossedin other genre-nonspecific categories.)Expectedly, not everyone is okay with this. Cindy Mabe, the president of Universal Music Group Nashville (the label that has released all of Musgraves’ previous studio albums), has stepped up to protest the ruling. “This decision from the country committee to not accept

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Variety , the decision to make the album ineligible was made last week during the Academy’s annual screening committee meeting.star-crossed , the country singer propped herself up on a stool with nothing but a pair of cowboy boots on her feet and a guitar conveniently sat atop her lap, covering her entire front side.Photo: Will Heath/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images In 2019, the sun set on Kacey Musgraves’s pop-country opus Golden Hour when it won Album of the Year at the Grammys, becoming the first country album to earn the top prize since Taylor Swift’s Fearless in 2010.cuts a slice of history with his soundtrack to the new James Bond film No Time To Die (Decca).

While discussing Musgraves’ latest, the committee apparently decided that the album did not fit into the confines of the “country” genre. (Though it will not be eligible to compete in the country categories, the singer is still welcome to submit star-crossed in other genre-nonspecific categories. Well, if the performance seemed to recall a similar one from a certain six-time Oscar-winning film, that’s because it was meant to be.) Expectedly, not everyone is okay with this. Musgraves’s label, Universal Music Group Nashville, first submitted star-crossed for Best Country Album (an award three of Musgraves’s previous albums have been nominated for, with two winning), per an email from Cynthia Mabe, the label’s president, obtained by the outlets. Cindy Mabe, the president of Universal Music Group Nashville (the label that has released all of Musgraves’ previous studio albums), has stepped up to protest the ruling. (In the film, Jenny wears a pair of pumps instead of cowboy boots. “This decision from the country committee to not accept star-crossed into the country albums category is very inconsistent and calls into question the other agendas that were part of this decision,” she said in a letter addressed to Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr.

According to Mabe, this recent decision has larger ramifications for both the ceremony itself and for “a format struggling with change and inclusivity overall. While Jenny was shamelessly harassed by a group of rowdy men sitting in the front row — they laugh and jeer during her song, try to tip her, and later, throw their drinks at her — Kacey was able to get through her entire performance uninterrupted. That judgment is made by a genre-screening committee — different from the nomination-review committees, which the Recording Academy recently got rid of in most categories.” As she mentions, country music has long had issues in terms of representation, especially in matters of gender and race. For a recent example, the UMG president points to this year’s controversy regarding Morgan Wallen, a chart-smashing country artist who rightfully came under fire after . (Thank God life doesn’t always imitate art.