Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson have publicly criticised the Nation Music Affiliation after it did not recognise the late John Prine throughout this 12 months’s awards ceremony in Nashville final night time (November 12).
Taking to social media earlier right this moment, Isbell mentioned he and Amanda Shires have returned their lifetime membership playing cards to the CMA for not paying tribute to Prine, nor Jerry Jeff Walker or Billy Joe Shaver, each of whom handed away final month.
“I doubt anyone will care, however we cared so much about our heroes,” Isbell wrote on Twitter.
As a result of @CountryMusic’s failure to say John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver on the CMA’s final night time, @amandashires and I’ve determined to return our membership playing cards. I doubt anyone will care, however we cared so much about our heroes. pic.twitter.com/UmplzD0Z7p
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 13, 2020
Sturgill Simpson additionally took the CMA to activity on social media. On Instagram, the songwriter posted a video that confirmed the ceremony taking part in within the background.
“Two seconds. That’s all it could have took. Two seconds, actually two syllables. John Prine. That’s it. Nope,” an exasperated Simpson says within the video.
“On a regular basis on the earth for this shit,” he provides, pointing to the efficiency behind him.
Oh Boy Data, the label based by Prine in 1981, commented that they had been upset the ceremony did not recognise the legendary artist.
“Nation music was each the inspiration and basis for his songwriting and performing,” learn an announcement from the label.
“Whereas there could also be quite a lot of artists who’ve had extra business success than John, they’re only a few who achieved extra artistically.”
Prine passed away in Nashville from issues associated to COVID-19 again in April, aged 73, prompting an outpouring of tributes from all through the music world.
This 12 months’s ceremony did pay tribute to quite a lot of different icons who’ve handed this 12 months, together with Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels and Mac Davis.
The ceremony, which was billed by organisers as a “no drama zone”, has been criticised by a number of artists in latest weeks. Final week, Margo Price responded to its messaging on Twitter, and criticised its lack of variety.
“As soon as once more, the CMA’s are censoring/white washing their present however who’s shocked? Anybody nonetheless taking part is a socially unconscious pawn,” Value wrote.
“Artists pander woke authenticity when it advantages them after which sit in silence as they acquire their plastic trophies. Additionally the music sucks.”
as soon as once more, the CMA’s are censoring/white washing their present however who’s shocked? anybody nonetheless taking part is a socially unconscious pawn. artists pander woke authenticity when it advantages them after which sit in silence as they acquire their plastic trophies. additionally the music sucks pic.twitter.com/QB3sHwB9kP
— Margo Value (@MissMargoPrice) November 5, 2020