Something to sing! The biggest names in country music haven’t been afraid to go toe-to-toe over the years, trading blows on social media, making up at award shows and more.
In 2015, several female artists came together to respond to the radio personality. keith hill amid her comments about why she plays more male artists on air. The controversy was called “Tomato-gate”.
“If you want to make ratings on country radio, take out the females. The reason is that mainstream country radio generates more quarter hours of female listeners at a rate of 70 to 75 percent, and women like male artists,” Hill said at the time, “The expectation is that we’re primarily a male format with a smaller female audience. component. I have about 40 music databases in front of me, and the percentage of women in the one with the most is 19 percent. Trust me, I play great female records, and we have some right now; They just aren’t the lettuce in our salad. Lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes in our salad are the females.”
martina mcbride miranda lambert sara evans jennifer nettles Y Kacey Musgraves were among those who spoke.
“Whether a song gets played on the air or not should be based on how good the SONG is…not whether it’s sung by a man or a woman,” said the “Independence Day” singer, who sold “Tomato and “Tomato Lover”. she wrote her through Facebook. “It’s like comparing tall artists to short artists, blondes to brunettes, bald men to men with hair. … Does matters?”
The “Merry Go Round” singer told Billboard in 2016, “If they can’t get your song off the ground, they immediately blame your personality, or the fact that you’re a woman, or that you didn’t make a show director.” the radio station feels important…. In my head, it’s never about women versus men; it’s always about good songs versus bad songs. If you’re singing and writing good songs, I don’t care what gender you are or if you’re trans If it’s a great song, it should be played.”
During an interview on CMT at the time, Hill doubled down.
“All country music producers want to sell a lot of records. They don’t want to sell just a few. And they’re not personally motivated by wanting to get women back on the air or wanting to get the banjo back on the radio,” he said. “I’ve been in radio for 42 years and I’ve made money figuring out what makes ratings go up. I make a very good living. I’m just sharing what I’ve discovered.”
While not all feuds result in a group of women supporting each other, it’s not uncommon for fellow musicians to take sides. Scroll on for a breakdown of the biggest fights in country music: