Announcement of additional artists being added to the bill likely to draw criticism due to the lack of female performers
The latest announcement sees a host of award-winning artists added to the line-up, including Billboard Award winner Thomas Rhett, country-rockers Old Dominion, vocal due Brothers Osborne and platinum artist Brantley Gilbert. Artists previously announced include Blake Shelton, Jamey Johnson, Scotty McCreery, Chris Janson, and LANCO. The additions will likely lead to criticism due to the lack of female artists on the bill – like many areas of the music industry, country music is often highlighted for its lack of diversity.
The ceremony will take place on 19 September at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and will see country music legend Bill Anderson receive the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s unclear how many awards will be up for grabs on the evening, but there will be gongs for best Song, Songwriter, and Songwriter-Artist Of The Year, as well as the ’10 Songs I Wish I’d Written’ awards.
The NSAI is a non-profit songwriters trade organisation. Established in 1967, its membership exceeds 5,000 artists across 11 countries. Its role is to protect the rights of aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.
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