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Mickey Guyton opens up about racism in the music industry

Mickey Guyton sits down with Latin pop superstar Becky G to offer a glimpse of her experience tackling racism and sexism in country music in a new clip from Facebook Watch that is being broadcast exclusively through Taste of Country and The Boot.

“Do you feel, since you started, that there has been a change? Grammy-nominated country singer Becky G asks in exclusive Face to face with Becky G below.

“Slow change,” Guyton replies. “But there has been change.”

“When I go back to Nashville, at these different awards shows, I see black people backstage, Latinos backstage, and that’s something I’ve never seen,” adds Guyton, who has spent nine years in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles. in 2020. “It’s so beautiful to see people realizing that we are so much better together than apart.”

“I love it”, answers Becky G. “I always say:” Juntos somos mas “ … together we are so much more. “

It has been an eventful year for Guyton. She performed “Black Like Me” at the 63rd Grammy Awards in March, where she was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for the same song. In April, she made history when she became the first black woman to co-host the Academy of Country Music Awards. In September, Guyton released his long-awaited debut album, Remember his name, a decade after signing with Capitol Records Nashville in 2011.

Guyton promoted the album with an uplifting performance at the CMA Awards in November 2021, where she sang “Love My Hair” alongside Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards.

“Becky G & Mickey Guyton: Battling Systemic Racism in Country Music” premieres Tuesday (Jan. 4) at 12 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch.

Best Country Albums of 2021 – Critics’ Choice

This list of the top country albums of 2021 was curated by the staff at Taste of Country, with fan assistance and with industry acclaim and mainstream accessibility in mind.

Best Album of the Year is a traditional country record that makes subtle efforts to include more progressive fans. Elsewhere, find projects from a dynamic mix of artists and visionaries.