Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed Will Not Be Eligible for Best Country Album at 2022 Grammys

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Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed Will Not Be Eligible for Best Country Album at 2022 Grammys

The president of her label UMG Nashville decried the Recording Academy’s decision in a letter to President and CEO Harvey Mason jr.

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Kacey Musgraves, September 2021 (John Shearer/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

Kacey Musgraves’ new album Star-Crossed will not be eligible for Best Country Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards, Billboard and Variety report. The Recording Academy reportedly made the decision during its annual screening committee meeting, where members can veto songs and albums if they don’t believe they fit into the genre. Rolling Stone reports that Star-Crossed will instead be eligible in the Pop Vocal Album category.

The Recording Academy’s decision comes amid changes to the nominations process, following criticism from artists including the Weeknd. Starting with the 2022 Grammy Awards, the final pool of nominees for nearly all Grammy awards will be decided by a majority vote of Academy voting members. Previously, Grammy nominations were finalized by 15-30 music industry “peers” representing their “genre communities.”

Star-Crossed was released via the country-oriented Universal Music Group Nashville in partnership with Interscope Records. All of Musgraves’ previous albums were released solely under the UMG Nashville umbrella.

Musgraves has won Best Country Album for Golden Hour and Same Trailer Different Park. She was also nominated for Best Country Album for Pageant Material, and has been nominated in the Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance categories.

UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe wrote a letter to Recording Academy President and CEO Harvey Mason jr. regarding Star-Crossed’s ineligibility, according to Billboard, Variety, and Rolling Stone. “This decision from the country committee to not accept Star-Crossed into the country albums category is very inconsistent and calls into question the other agendas that were part of this decision,” Mabe wrote, according to Variety, which published the purported letter in full.

In the letter, Mabe also addressed the controversy surrounding country star Morgan Wallen, who was suspended by his label Big Loud Records after video emerged showing Wallen using a racist, anti-Black slur. Regardless, Wallen’s album Dangerous: The Double Album stayed atop the Billboard 200 for 10 consecutive weeks.

According to Variety, Mabe wrote:

As a prime stakeholder in country music, I would really like to frame what’s happening in our genre right now and help you and the Grammy’s [sic] fully understand the importance of Kacey Musgraves to country music and why this decision is so much more than an entry point for an awards show. Taking her out of the country category actually does harm to a format struggling with change and inclusivity overall. For the past several years, the stories around country music have been the stories of country radio and the limitations put on women’s voices or diversity of any kind from our key artists, their perspectives or their sound. The numbers speak and are a matter of public record with women making up only 10 percent of all country airplay. This year alone country music has been mired in the controversy surrounding one of the formats biggest artists, Morgan Wallen, who used a racial slur and grew fans and audience from it. THIS IS NOT ALL THAT WE ARE. Under the surface are the artists that change it all and they are led by the example of Kacey Musgraves.

Additionally, Mabe addressed technical and musical similarities between the Grammy-winning Golden Hour and Star-Crossed, reportedly writing:

Sonically, [Star-Crossed has] got more country instrumentation than Golden Hour which won Country Album of the Year in 2019. To compare Golden Hour to Star-Crossed, both albums were produced by Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, and Kacey Musgraves. Both albums were mixed by Shawn Everett. On Golden Hour, Ian, Daniel, and Kacey wrote 7 of the 13 songs and on Star-Crossed they wrote 11 of the 15. Both albums complete each other with Golden Hour telling the story of falling in love and Star-Crossed telling the conclusion of the breakup. There is no departure in sound from these two projects.

Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Kacey Musgraves, Universal Music Group Nashville, and the Recording Academy.

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