Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

From CBC - February 17, 2018

Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year's Grammy Awards.

Gill said it is "impossible" to not leave someone off the list in a given year.

"I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the Grammys will go on and the country artists will feel slighted. Or maybe the classical people will feel slighted," Gill said. "It's impossible to pull something off like that and not leave a few people by the wayside."

The country star spoke before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha. Sitting with Harris and Morris before the concert, the 21-time Grammy winner said all that matters is that musical people are "conscious of what's great at the end of the day."

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"You are looking at three really open-minded musical people. We do not care about genres, of colour of skin, or gender, or anything. We just love playing music with great people and that's all," he said.

Morris, who won her first Grammy last year, agreed, saying that the Grammys history backs it up.

"I think the person that's won the most Grammys is Alison Krauss so I do not know. I mean, there's obviously some things that need to be looked at, I think, and maybe it's just voting members. Maybe we need to like expand on that," Morris said.

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