Miranda Lambert makes the headlines once again, but this time she is not promoting an upcoming show or a brand new album. Nor is she about to encourage her fans to join her on another of her amazing charitable work for our furry friends.
Instead, she’s using her voice to open up about a long-standing issue that has been haunting the careers of her fellow female country artists in the industry.
After her recent and big win at the 2017 ACM Awards, she took the opportunity to address the said issue. “I’m gonna do one by myself because I can. I want to do this on behalf of all the girls that are not being played on country radio right now. If you really love us, you will call and request any female that has a song out and something to say.”
The women of country music do not get as much regular airplay on the radio as their male counterparts. This really left Lambert hugely disappointed that she had to express her thoughts and feelings about the matter during her Redbook interview.
In fact, even the charts attest to the immense gender bias that female country artists are forced to put up with. Even consistent top charters like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood still have to struggle to keep their spots. Likewise, there’s a list of fresh female singers who may have success at the start of their careers but are still at a standstill for gaining more recognition and credit for their work. Artists like Lindsay Ell, Cassadee Pope, Brandy Clark, Maggie Rose, and Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, and Laure Carrie Underwood still have to struggle to keep their spots. Likewise, there’s a list of fresh female singers who may have success at the start of their careers but ar n Alaina are just some of these talented yet not fully appreciated artists. To top it off, it is just truly difficult for female country singers to get a record deal and be swamped with the lame and overused excuses such as, “We can’t play women back-to-back on radio” and “We have too many women already”.
With no holds barred, she described the prevailing issue as a straight up b.s.
The country superstar adds, “Carrie Underwood still struggles, and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie freakin’ Underwood. I tell them at the radio stations, ‘just play one of us. It doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more.”
This isn’t the first time Miranda Lambert has stood up to open up and discuss this issue. She had previously encouraged her fans to give their support to her fellow female singers who are not receiving the radio exposure that they all deserve.
Aside from speaking out, Lambert has also been consistently included among the female powerhouses in her tours and gives them the opportunity to open her shows.
“I’m really so thrilled that I can help lead the charge for women in this business at any level. I’m so thrilled that I can keep pushing forward and making way for other women to do the same thing. I’m just really humbled by it.” Says the brave and fiery female country superstar.
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