CMA awards 2019: Jennifer Nettles gave the male-dominated music scene a piece of her mind and the internet can't handle it
The Sugarland frontwoman made a statement in her Christian Siriano suit calling out the male-dominated country music scene to give female singers as much "play".
Jennifer Nettles's CMA red carpet this year was a far cry from the last one. The Sugarland frontwoman made a statement in her Christian Siriano suit calling out the male-dominated country music scene to give female singers as much "play".
The white pantsuit was designed by Christian Siriano with art by Alice Mizrachi featured a satin cape that said in black bold letters, "PLAY OUR F*@#!N RECRODS! PLEASE AND THANK YOU!" If that wasn't bold enough, the back said "EQUAL PLAY"
Twitter is blowing up with praise for the 'Stuck Like Glue' singer who said that she wanted to beyond just cheering for the night. "When I found out that the CMAs were going to be celebrating women this year, I thought, ‘What a fantastic opportunity to take the conversation beyond the applause tonight," Nettles told USA Today about the iconic outfit, "I wanted to send a message: Play our records.” She added, "People do want to hear women's stories. It's a fallacy to say that they're going to turn the channel."
"Just play it. It's that simple," she said.
In a previous interview with Country Living, Nettles had talked about the importance of playing a song on the radio. "There’s something called the bias of familiarity. If you play it enough times, people will like it," she had said, "No one cares if it’s really good… the truth is if you play something over and over again people have a bias toward it just because they’ve heard it numerous times. So just hit the button.”
The white tailored pantsuit and its powerful message got Twitter cheering. "Her story in the making. Pardon me while I lay my life down for Jennifer Nettles," said one user while another said, "I mean, do we shut it down already? Because Jennifer Nettles just won."