The president of Universal Music Group Nashville criticized the decision
The Recording Academy has decided that Kacey Musgraves’ latest album ‘Star-Crossed’ is ineligible for the Best Country Album award at the upcoming Grammys.
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As Board Reportedly, members of the Academy convened last week for its annual Screening Committee meeting, where recordings are reviewed to ensure they are placed in the appropriate award categories. During the same meeting, members of the country committee rejected Star-Crossed as a contender for the 2022 Best Country Album.
However, the Musgraves album qualified for the Best Pop Album and Best Album categories all-inclusive. Additionally, his song ‘Camera Roll’ has reportedly been accepted for the Best Country Song category.
The Academy’s move prompted Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. to a letter from Universal Music Group Nashville President Cindy Mabe, who said it was “very inconsistent and questions other agendas that were part of the decision”. . He argued that the exclusion of Musgrave from the ranks of the country perpetuates the struggle of the genre to increase diversity.
“The numbers speak and are a matter of public record, with women making up only 10 percent of the entire nation’s broadcasts,” Mabe wrote.
“This year alone is mired in controversy over one of the country music formats [sic] The biggest performer, Morgan Wallen, used racial slurs and it increased fans and audiences. We are not all that. Beneath the surface are the artists who change it all and they are led by Cassie Musgraves’ example. “
Mabe drew comparisons between “Star-Crossed” and the Musgraves’ previous record, “Golden Hour,” which won Best Country Album in 2019.
Both albums were produced by Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Casey Musgraves. Both albums were mixed by Sean Everett. At ‘Golden Hour,’ Ian, Daniels and Casey wrote seven of the 13 songs and produced ‘Star- He wrote 11 out of 15 songs on Crossed.”
“The two albums complete each other with ‘Golden Hour’ telling the story of falling in love and ‘Star-Crossed’ telling the story of the breakup finale. There is no departure in sound from these two projects.
“The album was graded consistently throughout the country. [sic] Metadata and overall labeling across DSP accounts and partners. ‘Star-Crossed’ appeared on every DSP’s playlist of every major country.
Granthshala gave ‘Star-Crossed’ four stars upon release, writing: “[Musgraves’] What motivates the dissolution of a broken relationship? Romeo and Juliet and split into three parts, never broken under its concept. “
The 64th Grammy Awards will be held on January 31, 2022, with nominations to be announced on November 23.