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Kacey Musgraves and Cam Address the "Country Music So Male" Problem

September 13, 2018

Remember when the Academy Awards had to address their "Oscars So White" problem?  Well, it's our turn.  It's time for us to admit and acknowledge that we have a "Country Music So Male" issue.  This goes beyond the CMAs and ACMs effectively shutting out women in their Entertainer of the Year category.  And it's more than seeing males dominate the Top 10 Albums of the week chart. 

It's time for us to LISTEN to what the female country artists are saying, because they're the ones getting squeezed out.  And they're talking about it.  Here's a perfect example:  "Billboard" asked Kacey Musgraves about "Golden Hour" getting a CMA Album of the Year nomination, and instead of just basking in the glory, she got real. 

Quote, "Though I'm extremely honored, I have to say that the number of females included still doesn't satisfy me, especially considering the fact that I feel we're in a current time where more females are making good music."

The frustrating part is their good music isn't getting the exposure it deserves. And the reason is, as usual, because of dollars and cents. Since things are going well, and everyone's getting fat, why stir things up?  She says, quote, "The fear is that money will be lost if something different doesn't succeed. That is so dangerous to a wonderfully rich and beautifully historic genre that, at its core, has traditionally always celebrated the underdog."

Cam is another female artist who says the people in charge are afraid of change.Quote, "They're terrified.  Label heads are saying, 'I don't know how to launch women.' I don't know how you can be in that job if you don't know how to do that. I think you should leave your job." Her solution is to recruit more diversity INSIDE the industry. Quote, "Get candidates to be CEOs of labels who [are] women, people of color, LGBTQ, anybody who has a different perspective.  

"Diverse companies create and support diverse products and can reach more people and are more profitable.  It's been proven in other areas."