In a current interview with People Magazine, inaugural CMT Equal Play Award winner Jennifer Nettles describes how a 12 months after receiving the consideration from CMT — and after her famend incident on the CMA Awards advocating for nation radio to play extra songs from feminine artists– illustration continues to be not perfect.
On the purple carpet of the 2019 CMA Awards, Sugarland vocalist Nettles made an announcement in regards to the lack of illustration for feminine artists on nation radio by carrying a cape printed with a drawing of a girl’s face, the feminine gender image, and the phrases “equal play” and “Play our f*@#!g information please & thanks” on the awards program’s purple carpet. She additionally penned an essay for Glamour about her purple carpet assertion. This sparked CMT to implement equal play initiatives, together with the Equal Play Award that Nettles received in October 2020.
Concerning the difficulty at current, Nettles informed Individuals that it was “disheartening at greatest,” and that girls are lacking out on “the chance to share our story and our very distinctive and wealthy and delightful views on the world.” She additionally named Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Brandi Carlile, Cam, and Mickey Guyton as deserving of higher airtime on nation music’s airwaves.
Her ultimate observe provided cautious hope for the long run:
“I actually hope that girls proceed to achieve help and visibility inside the neighborhood. I hope that radio and the streamers will catch on. I might like to see extra feminine voices represented and celebrated inside the format. I hope that not solely will the ladies that we’ve got at present within the music business achieve success, however that these doorways shall be opened in such a means that we will have much more of them.”