Kacey Musgraves has said it before and she’ll say it again: it’s time for reformation in country music.
The “High Horse” singer is the only female nomination for 2018’s CMA Country Album of the Year for Golden Hour. Though she is honored for the recognition, she believes there needs to be more diverse representation within the genre.
“There are many caveats to the current system that need a thorough rebuild,” Musgraves said to Billboard. “Inclusion on many different facets – not just gender – desperately needs to happen. I’m hoping we can get back to a musical world where talent and uniqueness got you further than politics, where the quality of song was what would make you a household name. Can you imagine what that landscape could sound like? What future generations it could inspire?
“I think the basic root of this issue stems from fear and greed,” she added. “The fear 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.”
There’s further only one female artist in the New Artist of the Year category, Lauren Alaina. In a time where there are “more females making good music,” Musgraves wants to see more equality.
The 2018 CMA Awards airs on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.