June 11, 2008
It seems pretty unbelievable that I missed this the first time around, given how this site has been so focused on women in country music these past four months. But Carrie Underwood had some interesting things to say about women in the country music world after the ACM awards last month.
First, she discussed the scarcity of female nominees for Entertainer of the Year. The CMA hasn’t nominated a female act since 2001 (Dixie Chicks) and the ACM since 2003 (also the Dixie Chicks.) In fact, the only other women to be nominated at either show in the 90′s and 00′s are Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and Kathy Mattea. Here’s what Underwood had to say about that:
“I think there have been several women over the past decade that should have been nominated at some point. It’s disappointing that they haven’t been, because I know — and I’m speaking for all of us — how hard women have to work. Not to take anything away from the guys, but we have to do a lot more than they have to do. … It’s unfortunate that a lot more women haven’t gotten a lot more credit.”
The upside, according to Underwood? Greater camaraderie among female artists, as she demonstrates with her gracious hat tip to Miranda Lambert:
Miranda is a wonderful artist. It goes back to the women thing. It seems like there’s only a certain number of [award] slots, and it’s like everybody is vying for two or three slots. It’s kind of weird. None of us are competitive with each other anyway. We get together and we hang out. Miranda is one of those people who deserves a lot more credit than she’s gotten. Her album is great.
It will be interesting to see if the CMA’s nominate Carrie Underwood this year for Entertainer of the Year. It’s getting increasingly difficult for anyone to argue with a straight face that she’s not one of the top five acts in the genre, by any measurable standard: record sales, airplay, concert gross, critical acclaim. Heck, if the CMA really wants to shake things up, a nomination for Sugarland would be pretty cool as well. But if Underwood isn’t in the lineup, the CMA will pretty much prove her right: women just have to work a hell of a lot harder to get the credit they deserve.