Carrie Underwood talks about lack of ‘strong female presence’ in country music
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Carrie Underwood has seen major success in her county music career but in a recent interview with Billboard Magazine the Blown Away songstress is opening up about the lack of female country presence in recent months.
“You would think that we would be farther along in the thinking about women in country music,” Underwood says. “I like to think things are getting better, but then I see stats like [the one cited above] and realize that women really do seem to get the short end.” Underwood, Miranda Lamber and Taylor Swift have all been on the top lists of nominations each of the last three years, are a short list.
County newcomer, Kacey Musgraves seems to be turning some heads, including picking up two Grammy Awards last week but that doesn’t make up for the difference in male versus female presence within the industry.
“There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business. But there seems to be only room for only a few.” On the flip side, she says, “there seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of them. We see new male artists have their first single reach No. 1 on the charts, but it generally takes a female a lot longer to build momentum,” Underwood continues. “I know that I am an exception to this, but I [also] know that if I hadn’t made my place in country music via ‘American Idol,’ I probably could have tried to make it for the rest of my life and never made any progress.”