THE CMAS OFFERED A VIVID DEMONSTRATION OF NASHVILLE’S GENDER PROBLEM
You know a problem has gotten bad when Carrie Underwood is willing to joke about it. The Jay Leno of country stars, Underwood generally steers clear of anything approaching controversy, which is why her latest album contains a song about gun violence that portrays that scourge as an act of God rather than a man-made calamity.
Yet there was Underwood, barely 10 minutes into her gig hosting the Country Music Association Awards (CMAS), happily (if gently) skewering what’s developed into Nashville, USA’S most vexing predicament: its erasure of women.
“I just want to say that 2018 has been a big year for men in country music,” the singer’s co-host, Brad Paisley, said in their opening monologue together, to which Underwood responded with a knowing grin: “Yeah, finally!”
Her meaning was clear over the next three
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.