The Yin and Yang of a CMA Nomination

Kacey Musgraves on Country's Ongoing Inequalities

It’s just an honor to be nominated. Isn’t that what every artist says about every category at every award show?

And Kacey Musgraves is no different. Of course, she’s honored to have her Golden Hour recognized by the Country Music Association with an album of the year nomination. But. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine. “Though I’m extremely honored to be nominated, I have to say that the number of females included still doesn’t satisfy me — especially considering the fact that I feel that we’re in a current time where more females are making good music,” Musgraves tells Billboard.

She is the only female in the category this year. Much like five years ago, when she was the only female in the new artist of the year category, and she won. Since then, Musgraves maintains that not much has changed except for the fact that the music coming from women is better than ever in her opinion. “I’ve seen more women writing more varied lyrics and being more than just a big voice or a pretty face, as opposed to years in the somewhat recent past.

“I’ve seen indications of the genre opening its mind, but unfortunately no hard proof yet in a lot of areas that matter,” she said.

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