At the Grammy Awards last week, Miranda Lambert officially maintained her title as the Reigning Queen of Country Music. Lambert’s fifth release, Platinum, was almost unanimously regarded as the best mainstream country album of the year, and she’s got the armfuls of awards from every major academy as proof. With the ballsy and fierce Platinum, Lambert cemented her status as the most powerful artist in country music, in terms of both lyrical content and commercial success.
Since 2013, country music has become America’s favorite music genre, and women have been a huge part of that success. In the last five years, women and female-fronted acts have dominated country music categories at the Grammys. Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, and Lambert make up four out of the last five year’s Best Country Album award winners, all for writing records that were explicitly empowering for women. And yet, while Musgraves and Lambert are winning all the awards, they’re still being pushed down (and occasionally off) the charts by male artists with Paleolithic views on women.