Jennifer Nettles Calls for Equal Play With 2019 CMA Awards Outfit [PICTURES]
Jennifer Nettles made a major statement with her 2019 CMA Awards outfit: In a custom-designed suit, the country singer made a plea for equal airplay for her fellow women.
Nettles' ivory-colored suit was accented with a pink satin back proclaiming "equal play." The pink satin train features the image of a woman and the "female" sign on the back; on the front, it opens into another statement: "Play our f--king records. Please and thank you." See the full ensemble below.
The Country Music Association used the 2019 CMA Awards to shine a spotlight on country music's women, in a time when the genre's female artists are playing at country radio significantly less than their male counterparts. Nettles and a slew of other women -- Carrie Underwood, and the Highwomen, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker and more -- opened the 2019 CMAs with a medley of songs by women from throughout country music history.
“[The opening performance is going have the audience] remembering what is amazing about women’s roles in country music -- what was amazing, what could be amazing,” Underwood said of the night. “We just wanted to jam pack the CMA Awards with women … We really just wanted to jam pack it and just do it in the most wonderful, respectful way, just have as many ladies of country music in the show as possible.”
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