Country singer Mickey Guyton made Grammys history with her nomination for best country solo performance on Tuesday.
The recognition for her single « Black Like Me » made Guyton the first black solo artist ever to be nominated in a country category.
The Pointer Sisters song « Live your life before you die » was recognized in 1976 by a duo or group for best country singing performance.
« I’m speechless. God is so good! Thanks @RecordingAcad! « Guyton tweeted on Tuesday. She also confirmed her historic moment with a series of crying emojis.
Earlier this year, 37-year-old Guyton, who is expecting a boy next year, caught up with ABC News about breaking barriers in the music industry.
Giving Black Country fans another reason to join the genre is gratifying, she said.
« I’ve heard from many young, beautiful black women who love country music and say, ‘Thank you very much for not feeling like I could go to shows. I didn’t feel like I could like country music because there wasn’t anyone who looked like me, and now there is, « she said.
« There are so many young people who don’t get the attention at all, who break through far more barriers than I could ever imagine, that we don’t even see, » she added. « And mine is on the front line and I think it’s really cool, and I thank people for saying that – but there are so many more people doing so much more than me. «
Guyton said she likes to use her platform to highlight and bring more black women into the realm and « give them opportunities ». « Posting about aspiring black songwriters is just one way she did that.
« I’ve seen so many amazing black women playing guitar, who have stunning voices, who are beautiful people inside who don’t have the same opportunities, » she said. « So I say, ‘Use me. I will be your gateway to this world. “And however I can help you, I’ll do it. . . . It’s so much bigger than just me and it’s the first and breaking barrier – this is about really, really trying to make a difference. «
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