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Mickey Guyton wakes up to racism in the music industry

Mickey Guyton sits down with Latin pop superstar Becky G to offer insight into her experience battling racism and sexism in country music in a new Facebook Watch clip that’s streaming exclusively through Taste of Country and The Boot.

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

“Slow change,” replies Guyton. “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 spent nine years in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles. in 2020. “It’s so beautiful to see people realize that we are so much better together than apart.”

“I love it,” replies Becky G. “I always say, ‘Juntos somos mas’ …Together we are so much more.”

It’s been an eventful year for Guyton. She performed “Black Like Me” at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in March, where she was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for the same song. In April, she made history as 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, January 4 at 12 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch.

Best Country Albums of 2021 – Critics’ Choice

This list of the best country albums of 2021 was curated by the staff of Taste of Country, with the help of fans and considering industry praise and mainstream accessibility.

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