And then, in a series of posts on her Instagram story, she added photos with the caption “ain’t that right?” with most of country music’s most legendary living artists, like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, George Strait, Pam Tillis, Martina McBride, Reba, Alan Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Leann Womack and Brooks and Dunn.
And, like I said before, I do agree with the Grammy Academy’s decision not to include Star-Crossed for consideration in the country album category, because it’s simply not a country album.
As much as I wanted it to be, and believe me I did, her label ended up partnering with Interscope records (a non-country label) for distribution and promotion… so it’s hard to say they were completely shocked by this, really.
I don’t think anyone is questioning her previous work and everything she’s done for country music prior to this, either. In my opinion, Same Trailer, Different Park and Pageant Materialare two of the best country albums of the last decade.
This particular album just isn’t country.
Also, wouldn’t it be nice if we could follow this criteria with all of the country albums up for consideration? I think there’s been plenty of others over the past few years who should’ve had their records moved to other genres, too.
And honestly, seeing Kacey upset about the whole thing makes me feel a little bit better about her current musical direction. To know that she feels so strongly about wanting to be considered “country” is a good thing. We need someone like her in the genre.
Though she may not have exactly proved her country-ness on this go around with Star-Crossed, maybe she really doesn’t plan to go completely pop forever.
And, though there’s nothing she can do to change this years decision, I know what she can do for the 2023 Grammys: