Hmmm. I gotta say, I love the girl--but it looks as if Miranda Lambert might be a little behind the times when it comes to gauging the overall popularity of her chosen musical genre.
The country crossover success story, who scored multiple Grammy nominations this week along with one for her hit "The House That Built Me" in the all-genre song of the year category, enthused to MTV that she believes country music has finally become mainstream.
Miranda--well, yes. Agreed. Lady Antebellum's impressive nominations haul also furthers the assertation that country is finally a serious force to be reckoned with. And, believe me, I'm just as happy as you are that so many country names are on the Grammy radar these days.
But, I gotta point out, this has been going on for a while now. (And to be fair, I actually think Miranda knows this perfectly well; she just hasn't had a good opportunity to speak up on the matter until now.)
The 2010 Grammys held in January was already all the proof needed, with country music represented in every one of the top four all-genre categores: album, single, song and new artist. Taylor Swift brought home the coveted album of the year award, while the Zac Brown Band took best new artist (only the third country artist ever to receive the honor).
In fact, the nominations list for the show actually triggered an article in the Tennessean, with the lead-off statement:
"Each year at Grammy time, someone notices the preponderance of Nashville artists nominated in non-country categories and asserts that the Tennessee capitol might be becoming a true 'Music City,' not merely 'Country Music City.'"
Couldn't say it better myself. In other words, folks and fans, we can stop talking like outsiders, because there's nothing outlier about country music anymore. We're there.
Grammys aside, all one has to do is look at the Billboard 200 chart each week. Country albums? They sell really well!
And, I mean, heck, we had Gwyneth Paltrow up on the CMA Awards stage singing with Vince Gill last month. If that doesn't sell you on the fact Nashville has arrived...I dunno what else I can say.
All of this said leads me back to Miranda Lambert. Those Grammys are coming up. Go get 'em Miranda. You too, Lady A. We're rooting for you!
Are you happy that country music has solidly entered the mainstream? Be sure to let me know your thoughts.
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