Tomatogate is so 2015. At least, that’s the vibe we got on the ACM Awards red carpet.
It’s been almost a year since a male radio consultant told Country Aircheck that female acts are the equivalent of tomatoes in the salad of the country format, sparking outrage, debate and scrutiny of country radio programming across the country. But with more and more female acts, veteran and new, topping the charts and selling out tours, it seems the tide is turning.
“To me, the fact that there wasn’t a lot of women on the charts felt like an opportunity,” Cam told Rolling Stone Country at the ACMs. “There’s space for us. I always think there’s great music for women and I don’t know why there’s weird lulls, but I think it’s totally back to normal.”
Jana Kramer echoed those sentiments, name checking Cam and Kelsea Ballerini as acts who are generating as much buzz as any male artist. “There are so many amazing women out right now,” she said. “We’re kicking major ass!”
Lauren Alaina expressed the importance of female songwriters getting more airplay, since any demographic study will show that more females than males listen to country radio. “Women need to hear from a woman’s point of view,” she told us.
All three women have songs climbing the charts right now: Cam’s “Mayday,” Jana Kramer with “Said No One Ever” and Lauren Alaina’s “Next Boyfriend.”