Miranda Lambert Doesn’t Understand Why Women — Even Carrie Underwood — Still Struggle at Radio
Miranda Lambert doesn’t know what’s going on at country radio — where are the songs by women? Why don’t they get regular airplay? In a November cover interview with Redbook, the superstar opened up about the the disparity between male and female singers on country radio, and she didn’t hold back.
“It’s B.S., straight up!” she exclaims.
“Carrie Underwood still struggles, and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie Freakin’ Underwood,” Lambert furthers. “I tell them at the radio stations, ‘Just play one of us; it doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more.”
This is far from the first time Lambert has stood up for her fellow females. Earlier this year when performing her hit “Tin Man” at a home state show in Texas, she used the opportunity to encourage fans to support female singers who aren’t getting the radio play they deserve.
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“I’m gonna do one by myself, because I can,” Lambert told the crowd, according to a video posted on Twitter. “I want to do this on behalf of all the girls that are not being played on country radio right now. If you really love us, you will call and request any female that has a song out and something to say.”
Following a big win at the 2017 ACM Awards in April — where she picked up the award for Album of the Year and made history with her Female Vocalist of the Year win, becoming the first artist in history to win it eight years in a row — Lambert once again spoke out about women in the genre.
“I’m really so thrilled that I can help lead the charge for women in this business at any level,” she said. “I’m so thrilled that I can keep pushing forward and making way for other women to do the same thing … I’m just really humbled by it.”
She puts her money where her mouth is, too — Lambert regularly adds rising female powerhouses to her tours as opening acts.
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