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Country Music Excludes Women, Especially Over Age 40, Study Finds

A new study from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds that female artists and songwriters are being severely underrepresented in Nashville, with women over 40 being particularly excluded.
Singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves, performing in Nashville on April 1. Source: Jason Kempin

Women's voices and perspectives — and particularly those of more mature female artists and songwriters — are not being heard out of Nashville. That's the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who on Friday released a study on the gender gap in country music.

Despite the successes of musicians like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves — who the 2019 Grammy for album of the, as well as best country album and best country solo performance — the voices of women creators are severely underrepresented.

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