Maren Morris is doubling down on her mission to make nation music a extra inclusive style for LGBTQ artists and their followers.
The Texas-born singer-songwriter appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a visitor decide final week, the place she provided a behind-the-scenes apology to the present’s contestants concerning Nashville’s seeming reluctance to embrace the LGBTQ neighborhood.
“Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ members, I just want to say I’m sorry,” Morris stated, as seen in a clip shared on the official “Drag Race” Instagram account. “I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music. So I just thank you guys so much for inspiring me.”
The visibly emotional musician then added, “I’m gonna cry.”
Last 12 months, Morris grew to become embroiled in a social media dust-up after calling out Brittany Aldean, the spouse of nation artist Jason Aldean, for comments directed at dad and mom of transgender youngsters. The headline-making alternate prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to brand Morris a “lunatic country music person.”
Carlson’s try at an insult, nonetheless, backfired spectacularly when Morris started promoting T-shirts that includes the comment as a fundraiser for Trans Lifeline and the GLAAD Transgender Media Program. She reportedly raised greater than $100,000 for the 2 advocacy teams.
Given the pervasiveness of “bro-country,” loosely defined by Rolling Stone because the “explosion of songs about trucks, beer and women,” it’s maybe no shock that nation remains to be broadly viewed as a conservative style, in comparison with rock and pop.
Still, there have been current indicators of a gradual shift. In 2021, T.J. Osborne of the nation duo Brothers Osborne grew to become the primary brazenly homosexual artist to be signed to a major label, EMI Records Nashville. Last 12 months, the Brothers Osborne received their first-ever Grammy for “Younger Me,” a tune impressed by T.J.’s coming-out expertise.