Jennifer Nettles Calls for Gender Equality at 2019 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Jennifer Nettles used the CMA Awards red carpet on Wednesday night to shine a light on gender equality in the country music industry. The country singer attended the 2019 CMA Awards held in Nashville dressed in a custom Christian Siriano white suit and hot pink cape, which carried the message “Play Our F–in Records Please & Thank You!” and “Equal Play.” Nettles worked with Siriano and artist Alice Mizrachi to create the look. As this year’s awards show was a celebration of female artists, Nettles used her red-carpet look to spotlight the fact that female musicians don’t receive as much recognition as male musicians within the country music genre. Nettles elaborated on the problem and her look in an Instagram post, stating the statistics that “Sixteen percent of the top 500 songs over the last four years were [by] women.” View this post on Instagram When I found out that the CMA’s were celebrating women artists this year, I saw a wonderful opportunity to invite and inspire conversation about country music’s need to play more women artists on radio and playlistings. (Some of you big country fans may have heard of this problem over the past few years. 16% of

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