Photo: Sounds Like Nashville
Maren Morris, who bagged a nomination for the CMA Awards, expresses her feeling of discomfort in attending the big event while she is in a feud with Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany, a conservative social media influencer.
Despite the fact that her third studio album, Humble Quest, gained an album of the year nomination, Morris said in an interview with Los Angeles Times issued on Tuesday that she is yet to decide whether she will be in attendance at the country music’s biggest night.
“I’m very honored that my record is nominated. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there right now,” she stated when asked about a possible encounter with the Aldeans. “So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go.”
As of the moment, however, “I don’t feel comfortable going,” the country music artist stated.
“Some nights are fun. Others, I’m just crawling out of my skin. I’m not good at those events because I’m awkward. But this time, I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going.”
The conflict between Morris and Aldean started after her makeup tutorial post on Instagram in August, where the influencer made a buzz for transphobic statements.
“I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase,” she captioned. “I love this girly life.”
Morris criticized Brittany’s comments on Twitter, writing, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie.”
Morris vs. Aldean: Shots are Fired
Later, in September, Aldean guested on Tucker Carlson’s Tucker Carlson Tonight to deal with her transphobic comments once and for all. During her introduction by the host, Carlson referred to Morris as a “lunatic” and “fake country music singer.”
As a reply to the remarks, Morris made a t-shirt with “lunatic country music person” print on it. She also announced that the proceeds would be transferred to a non-profit, Trans Lifeline and GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program.
“I don’t think I lost any fans over this,” Morris told the Times about the dispute.
“I’ve been very clear from the get-go. It sucks when artists stay quiet, stay quiet, stay quiet, and then they finally reach their breaking point and have to say something because something is so unjust and disgusting. And then they lose half their crowd because they stayed quiet.
“I try to tell my husband this, because he’s still building: Let people know where you stand. The ones who don’t get it will fall away, but the ones that stick with you will know what they’re contributing to.”
The CMA Awards will premiere on November 9 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC live from Nashville.