Brandi Carlile criticizes Grammys for “Pop” categorization of “Just in Time”


As awards season approaches, everyone’s favorite punching bag, the Registration Academy, is again. Tuesday, Brandi carlile aimed at Grammy Awards after learning that her single “Right On Time” had been rated as Pop, rather an Americana, for the upcoming 2022 awards. Carlile won three Grammys in 2019 for Best American Album (By the way, I forgive you) as well as Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for “The Joke.”

Speaking to Instagram, Carlile addressed the classification report as confirmed by her management. The singer-songwriter, whose 2021 album In these days of silence released on October 1 and not eligible for the 2022 awards, noted that “Americana / American Roots music is more than a genre for me.”

“The importance of staying and working within Americana is greater than I am,” she continued. “There isn’t a time when I don’t see my role as something bigger. I feel very responsible for representing the queer marginalized people in rural America who are raised in country and roots music but who are repeatedly and systematically rejected by the correlative culture. Every rung I can hang my gay glitter boot on puts gay people a little higher up the ladder to be seen as a little more human in the grand landscape of American roots.

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Carlile won the American Association Artist of the year in 2019 and 2021, filling this gap with three victories from the same association for his supergroup tall women (which also won “Best Country Song” at the Grammys last year for “Crowded Table”). Earlier this month, In these days of silence debuted at number 1 on BillboardThe best American / folk albums and the best rock albums. This last LP was made in the same place with the same producers and group as that of 2019. By the way, I forgive you which, by the way, won the award for best American album.

“While I am incredibly flattered to be considered ‘pop’ as a 40 year old crooning lesbian mom, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little surprised and disappointed to learn that the Recording Academy has decided to move ‘Right On Time’ out of the American Roots genre and into the pop category, ”Carlile wrote.

“To be recognized by the Grammys – in whatever form – is a great honor,” she concluded by saying. “I just want people to know it wasn’t my decision. Either way, it doesn’t change who I am or what my American community continues to mean to me.

This latest controversy follows last week’s announcement that the Recording Academy is not considering Kacey musgraves‘album Star crossed in the Country category. Much like Carlile, Musgraves recorded his new album with the same team that produced the 2018s. Golden hour, which won both Album of the Year and Best Country Album in 2018.



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