Throwing Shade

When Kacey Musgraves follows her own arrow, South Mississippi throws a tantrum

Kacey Musgraves performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.
Kacey Musgraves performs at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

The "music experts" of South Mississippi took to social media Wednesday night to give the CMAs a failing grade for, of all things, being country.

Why did Miranda Lambert dye her hair pink? Kacey Musgraves needs to put some clothes on. Sam Hunt is not a country artist. I can't believe Blake Shelton would date Gwen Stefani.

The list goes on and on.

According to Facebook, artists who produce music within the country genre aren't allowed to move into the 21st century.

Because you have to follow tradition in country music, don't you know?

If you're a man who wears skinny jeans and sneakers rather than jeans and cowboy boots, your music is too pop.

If you decide to wear a glitter leotard and get on stage with rainbow unicorns, you're extremely inappropriate. Gosh, Kacey Musgraves, your arms and legs are so vulgar. Furthermore, quit trying to be Katy Perry. You sing "country" music. Quit trying to make fetch happen.

Hasn't music always been an evolution? Believe me, I love jamming out to "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child and "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, but there could never be another Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle. I love indie-pop newbie Alessia Cara, but she probably would be shunned if she tried to channel her inner-Natalie and do a re-make of torn.

Following tradition is a beautiful thing, but not being afraid to keep tradition close while developing your own brand as an artist makes for an even diverse music market. If Sam Hunt wants to be played on country and pop radio, so be it. If Kacey Musgraves wants to wear pasties and cowgirl hat, then do you girl.

Remember that time the Dixie Chicks won all of those Grammys? They didn't win just because they were a great group of country singers. They won because they were true to their country roots while criticizing a genre who shunned them after making a personal political statement at a concert.

There's room for every artist under the sun on our iMusic playlists of Spotify stations.

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