Maren Morris Might Skip CMA Awards, Doesn't Feel At Home There

Maren Morris: "So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I'll make a game-time decision and go."

Maren Morris couldn't be prouder of her CMA-nominated album "Humble Quest," which was released earlier this year. However, she's not sure that she's going to attend the CMA Awards in November to celebrate the Greg Kurstin-produced project.

Morris engaged in a verbal scuffle with Brittany Aldean last month when Morris spoke against Aldean after she said, "I'd really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life."

Morris called Aldean, wife of Jason Aldean, a "scumbag human" and suggested she, "Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie."

Aldean responded with a hot pink clothing line with shirts that read, "Don't tread on our kids." Morris had shirts made that read "lunatic country music person," which is what Tucker Carson called her on television for standing up for gender-affirming care. Morris included the telephone number for Trans Lifeline, peer support and crisis hotline for trans youth.

Given the drama and divergence of ideas, Morris recently told the L.A. Times that she wasn't comfortable attending the CMA Awards knowing the Aldeans would be there.

"Look, I'm not a victim in this, and neither is she," Morris told the newspaper. "But I don't have feelings of kindness when it comes to humans being made fun of for questioning their identity, especially kids. The whole 'When they go low, we go high' thing doesn't work with these people. Any resistance movement is not done with kind words. And there's a lot worse things I could've called her (than Insurrection Barbie)."

Morris said she didn't think she lost any fans after the public sparring because she's made her beliefs known since the beginning of her career.

"It sucks when artists stay quiet, stay quiet, stay quiet, and then they finally reach their breaking point and have to say something because something is so unjust or disgusting," she said. "And then they lose half their crowd because they stayed quiet. I try to tell my husband this because he's still building: Let people know where you stand. The ones who don't get it will fall away, but the ones that stick with you will know what they're contributing to."

While she said she is "very honored" that her record is nominated, Morris isn't sure that she feels "at home" at the CMA Awards right now.

"So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I'll make a game-time decision and go," she said. "But as of right now, I don't feel comfortable going. I think I was sadder going last year. Some nights are fun. Others, I'm just crawling out of my skin. I'm not good at those events because I'm awkward. But this time, I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going."

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