Kacey Musgraves Reacts to Grammy's Decision to Exclude Her From Country Category

10/14/2021 2:40:00 AM

Her latest album 'Star-Crossed' is apparently ineligible within the category.

“You can take the girl out of the country (genre) but you can’t take the country out of the girl” (via toofab)

Her latest album 'Star-Crossed' is apparently ineligible within the category.

In the letter -- which you can read in full atVariety-- Mabe said she hoped Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. would"fully understand the importance of Kacey Musgraves to country music, and why this decision is so much more than an entry point for an awards show."

She also pointed out that diversifying the country music genre and representing female voices were crucial with"women making up only 10 percent of all country airplay." The UMG Nashville president also brought upMorgan Wallenand the controversy surrounding his racist outburst earlier this year.

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Her alleged exclusion from the category came to light after a letter the president of her label, Cindy Mabe of Universal Music Group Nashville, wrote to the Recoding Academy protesting their decision hit the press.Variety , the decision to make the album ineligible was made last week during the Academy’s annual screening committee meeting.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.eliminated earlier this year after years of criticism and accusations of self-interest, culminating in the Weeknd being shockingly excluded from all nominations last year.

In the letter -- which you can read in full at Variety -- Mabe said she hoped Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. would"fully understand the importance of Kacey Musgraves to country music, and why this decision is so much more than an entry point for an awards show. (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." She also pointed out that diversifying the country music genre and representing female voices were crucial with"women making up only 10 percent of all country airplay. 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." The UMG Nashville president also brought up Morgan Wallen and the controversy surrounding his racist outburst earlier this year. 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 year alone country music has been mired in the controversy surrounding one of the format's biggest artists, Morgan Wallen, who used a racial slur and grew fans and audience from it," she continued. “The system is broken and sadly not just for Kacey Musgraves but for our entire genre because of how these decisions are made for music’s biggest stage.

"THIS IS NOT ALL THAT WE ARE. According to Mabe, this recent decision has larger ramifications for both the ceremony itself and for “a format struggling with change and inclusivity overall. 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. Under the surface are the artists that change it all and they are led by the example of Kacey Musgraves." View Story Mabe also suggested the decision was made by competitors who thought the 33-year-old singer would be a frontrunner within the category. 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. "The idea that a handful of people including competitors, who would benefit from Kacey not being in the country category, are deciding what is country only exacerbates the problem," Mabe wrote.” Country awards bodies like the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music, meanwhile, define eligibility by whether music charted on the Billboard country charts; star-crossed debuted at No."The system is broken and sadly not just for Kacey Musgraves but for our entire genre because of how these decisions are made for music's biggest stage. “If you put a gun to my head, I couldn’t tell you whether it’s country or pop,” the insider said — a comment that could be made about any number of ostensibly country albums from the past several years.

" "I haven't slept all weekend because I'm really sad for our format. I'm sad for fans of our music and the ramifications of how we'll continue to define success in country music. (It’s not uncommon for an album in one genre category to submit songs in others. This short-sided, biased decision will send ripples throughout our format to continue to insure that the message is sent that country music can only be for the limited few that enjoy the same perspective," Mabe added. Although the rest of her album will be nominated within the pop category, Musgraves' song"Camera Roll" will still be eligible within the country music genre. So far, the Recording Academy has not commented on the matter.” She went on to emphasize Musgraves’s importance to the country genre as a progressive woman. The decision was split, though: A song that Musgraves and her label submitted as a country song, “Camera Roll,” stayed in the country song category.

The 64th Grammy Awards are set for January 31, 2022. .