Kacey Musgraves tweeted, “You can take the girl out of the country (genre) but you can’t take the country out of the girl,” after The Recording Academy said its screening committee members believed her album Star-Crossed doesn’t fit into the country genre.
Star-Crossed was instead ruled eligible for Pop Vocal Album. The album was released via the country-oriented Universal Music Group Nashville in partnership with Interscope Records.
UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe wrote a letter to Recording Academy President and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. regarding Star-Crossed‘s ineligibility.
“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,” Mabe wrote, according to Variety.
“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,” she added. “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. Building roadblocks for artists who dare to fight the system is so dangerous and against everything I think the Grammy’s [sic] stand for.”
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