Within the letter obtained by Selection, nevertheless, Mabe argued that, sonically, star-crossed has “acquired extra nation instrumentation” than Musgraves’ 2018 album Golden Hour, which received Album of the Year and Finest Nation Album, and that most of the identical individuals labored on and produced each albums.
“Each albums full one another with Golden Hour telling the story of falling in love and star-crossed telling the conclusion of the breakup,” the letter learn. “There isn’t any departure in sound from these two initiatives.”
Per the notice, Mabe additionally pressured “the significance of Kacey Musgraves to nation music and why this resolution is a lot greater than an entry level for an awards present.” She then identified that ladies are at present “making up solely 10 p.c of all nation airplay.”
At one level within the letter, Mabe claimed the choice concerning star-crossed “calls into query the opposite agendas that have been a part of this resolution.”
“That takes us to the method,” the letter continued. “The concept that a handful of individuals together with rivals, who would profit from Kacey not being within the nation class, are deciding what’s nation solely exacerbates the issue. The system is damaged and sadly not only for Kacey Musgraves however for our complete style due to how these choices are made for music’s largest stage. Constructing roadblocks for artists who dare to battle the system is so harmful and towards every part I believe the Grammy’s stand for. However that is the place we’re right this moment.”
E! Information has reached out to the Recording Academy, Musgraves’ rep and Common Music Group Nashville for remark however has but to listen to again.