Brandi Carlile “Disappointed” by Grammys’ “Right On Time” Rating
When Brandi Carlile’s team submitted her In these days of silence single “Right On Time” at the Recording Academy for the 2022 Grammy Awards, they submitted for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best American Roots Song, Best American Roots Performance and Best Music Video, Short Form. Surprisingly Carlile, the song was not accepted in any of the American roots categories.
Carlile, who has won six Grammys over the years in the Country, Americana and Roots categories, took to Instagram to express her complicated feelings about being deemed ineligible for the Roots categories, saying she was “flattered to be considered “pop” like a 40-year-old Crooning lesbian mother “but also” surprised “and” disappointed “(Note: In these days of silence, as opposed to “Right On Time,” will be eligible for the Grammy Awards next year, due to its October release.)
âAmericana / American Roots music is more than a genre for me,â Carlile began. âHe represents my community, my family, my friends and my beautiful island of misfits. I’m also proud that he represents a large number of people who are actively WORKING to promote marginalized people – LGBTQIA, women and people of color (who, of course, actually built the gender).
Here is the rest of Carlile’s statement:
The importance of staying and working within Americana is greater than me. 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 great landscape of American roots.
I am very proud to be the American Association Artist of the Year for two years in a row and to have debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Americana Chart! It was an honor to have made my album in the same place where I did my lastâ¦ .and with the same people! Same producers and same group. I cut every song live with acoustic guitars, vintage electrics plugged into old fender amps, beautifully aged pianos, and with my bleeding foghorn voice into every mic.
While I am incredibly flattered to be considered âpopâ 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 moving “Right On Time” out of the American Roots genre and into the pop category.
To be recognized by the Grammys – in whatever form – is a great honor. 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.
Carlile, of course, isn’t the only artist to have been reclassified this year by the Recording Academy’s awards team. To the surprise of many fans, the backing album for Bo Burnham’s Netflix comedy special Inside was deemed ineligible for the Best Comedy Album award for the 2022 Grammys, with the Academy arguing it did not meet the criteria. Likewise, Kacey Musgraves’ new album damn was deemed ineligible for Country Album of the Year at the Grammys.
The 64th Grammy nominations are expected on November 23. Prior to nominations, Genre Selection Committees, made up of professionals and artists from the music industry, meet annually prior to the first round of voting to review the submissions and ensure they are placed in the field. the correct gender categories.
As for Carlile, this decision must be a real shock, since his 2019 album By the way, I forgive you won Best American Album at the 61st Grammys, and her single “The Joke” won Best American Song and Best American Performance.
Read Carlile’s full statement below.