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Jennifer Nettles didn’t come to play on the red carpet of the 2019 CMA Awards on Wednesday night — she came to be played on the radio.
“Play Our F—-n Records Please & Thank You,” the hot-pink train of her white power suit read. On one of the biggest nights in country music, half of Sugarland couldn’t let one of the genre’s biggest issues — gender inequality in radio play — get swept under the rug.
Nettles wore the suit loud and proud, with her train featuring a drawing of a woman with the female gender symbol. The top of the train read “EQUAL PAY” to further emphasize the problem that women face every day on the job.
JENNIFER NETTLES DID THAT #CMAawards pic.twitter.com/xpTl8rJMuc
— Sapphire (@SapphireSwiftie) November 13, 2019
The Country Music Association iholds its 53rd annual CMA awards show on Wednesday night.
Carrie Underwood will host, along with “special guest hosts” Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. Underwood is also up for multiple awards, including the top prize of entertainer of the year, along with album of the year and female vocalist of the year.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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