It’s all about shattering glass ceilings!!
She rewrote the history books as the first Black solo female artist to earn a Grammy nod in a country music category and now, Mickey Guyton has written her name in history yet again!
On Sunday April 18th at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards which held at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, Guyton became the first Black woman to host Academy of Country Music Awards.
The Grammy nominated singer known for hit country song “Black Like Me, was excited. In addition to hosting the show, she also performed her song “Hold On” along with the choir of @belmontcmpa students.
She shared her excitement with fans on social media.
“Still can’t believe this is real. So excited to co-host the @acmawards tomorrow with @keithurban,” she wrote.
Earlier, in a chat with NBC News, Guyton talked on the feat: “My hopes are to bring positive light and love and acceptance to this job.”
“You know, Keith Urban is from Australia and he had an affinity for country music,” she said. “I’m sure when he first started he wasn’t getting the most welcoming arms and now he’s here. He’s using his platform to uplift me, and that means so much.”
Dishing on country music and inclusivity, the singer said:
“Well, a lot of people, especially today, are only seeing Lil Nas X or think that country music is just white guys, beers and trucks, and that is not the case,” Guyton said. “There’s all types of country music. There have been a lot of Black people in country music pounding the pavement for a very long time.”
Black artists have struggled against misconception and Sterotypes in country music, now Guyton is shattering that divide, showing other aspiring Black artists that they can “sing country, pursue it and love it, too.”
“So often, we’ve grown up — especially young little Black girls who have grown up not loving themselves because we didn’t see ourselves in anything. Now we’re seeing ourselves,” she said.
Recall in September 2020, Guyton also became the first Black female solo artist to sing her own song at the Academy of Country Music Awards.