On Mickey Guyton Performing National Anthem at the Super Bowl
Mickey Guyton has been chosen as the artist to perform the National Anthem at the 2022 Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13th, and it most certainly will be a big moment for Mickey Guyton, and for country music.
Not all National Anthem performances are built the same, even at the Super Bowl. When Eric Church performed the ceremonial duty in 2021 with Jazmine Sullivan, he was already a well-established country music superstar, selling out arenas, and winning the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year. When other country artists—such as Garth Brooks in 1993—performed the National Anthem duties, they were also at the height of the commercial powers and popularity, meaning the upside potential for them was limited.
But when Mickey Guyton takes to the field to perform Sunday, many, if not most of the millions of people who will be watching will have never heard of Mickey Guyton before. This will be her opportunity of a lifetime to leave a lasting impression, and one of those impressions that can enshrine an artist in the pantheon of popular culture—a career moment that can define her legacy moving forward, and forevermore.
This isn’t hyperbole. We have seen this with National Anthem performances previously, and specifically at the Super Bowl. The intersectionality between sports and music creates a unique opportunity. That is why despite the somewhat archaic lyrical style of “The Star Spangled Banner,” and how the ceremonial singing of it may feel perfunctory to some, from a musical standpoint, National Anthem performances remain an important institution in music, beyond the patriotic implications.
That doesn’t mean that Mickey Guyton hasn’t been afforded other opportunities on the national stage, and specifically as a National Anthem singer. She has proven herself in that role before, just never to such a large audience. In fact, over the last couple of years, arguably no other artist has been afforded as many of these big national performance opportunities as Mickey Guyton.
In 2021 alone, Mickey Guyton performed the National Anthem as part of the National Memorial Day Concert in May, where she knocked it out of the park. On the 2021 ACM Awards in April, Guyton not only performed, she also hosted the show. She also performed on the delayed Grammy Awards in March, the CMT Awards in June, the CMA’s nationally-televised “Summer Jam” in July, the ACM’s Party for a Cause in August, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in October, the CMT Artist of the Year presentation in October, the CMA Awards in November, the American Music Awards also in November, as well as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in late November.
In short, whenever there was a nationally-televised musical event in 2021—country music or otherwise—Mickey Guyton performed more often than not, and often in a prime spot, and to a disproportional degree to her fellow mainstream country music contemporaries. Now that country music finally has a black female performer with mainstream impact, the doors have opened for Mickey Guyton.
And if you were to pay attention to music only through the press, you would conclude that Mickey Guyton was one of the biggest artists in all of country music in 2022. CMT named Guyton their “Breakout Artist of the Year.” Features in HuffPost, The New York Times, NPR, and others celebrates Mikey Guyton’s long-awaited breakout success. Nashville Scene declared Guyton as one of the defining forces in country music in 2021 in their end of year wrap, saying “In many ways, Guyton had the triumphant year she should have had a decade ago, finally earning mainstream attention that matches her long-standing critical acclaim.”
And of course, with all this praise also came award nominations. Guyton’s “Black Like Me” was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards. In 2021, Guyton was nominated for both the CMAs and ACMs Best New Artist trophy. And Guyton is nominated for three Grammy Awards for 2022, including Best Country Album for her debut record Remember Her Name released on September 24th, 2021.
Taking all the performances, all the press praise, and all the nominations into account, one could only conclude that Mickey Guyton was one of the biggest artists in country music in 2021. But in truth when Remember Her Name was released in September, sales and reception for the record were downright abysmal. All that Mickey Guyton could muster was debuting at #47 on the country albums chart, with only 2,800 in actual album sales, and 5,007 in total sales, downloads, and streaming equivalents. The next week, Remember Her Name dropped out of the Top 100 in country entirely, and never recovered.
There is no way to sugar coat it. Mickey Guyton’s debut album was a colossal flop, so much so that despite all the criticism Capitol Nashville received for delaying her debut album release for so long, perhaps they knew something all the critics didn’t—that releasing an album from Mickey Guyton would do more to expose her, as opposed to giving her the exposure so many believed she deserved. The reception for Remember Her Name was so bad, it was a story unto itself, but one the press (including Saving Country Music), was reluctant to tell, in fear of it being misconstrued as an attack, or a rebuke, or as often the case today, racist.
So how do we square the incredible reception Mickey Guyton received for Remember Her Name, with the lack of follow through with the public at large? Was it because radio still did not warm to Mickey Guyton? Artists like Kacey Musgraves and Tyler Childers haven’t received any significant country radio play either, and yet still put up strong sales and streaming numbers, even with less mainstream exposure as Mickey Guyton. Is it due to racism in country music? Since so many of Guyton’s performance opportunities have come through non-country moments (Grammy Awards, AMA’s, National Memorial Day Concert, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, etc.), this doesn’t make 100% sense either.
Radio play most certainly would have helped Mickey Guyton, and some lingering racism within the ranks of country fans is likely factor as well. But neither of these things can account for the sales and streaming discrepancy solely, even from the most cynical point of view.
The case of Mickey Guyton, and the gulf between the attention she’s received from the industry, and the real and measurable traction she has not received from fans necessitates us to ask hard questions, like despite how much the press who was rooting for Guyton and showered her with vociferous praise, maybe the music of Mickey Guyton and Remember Her Name was just too pop for country, yet too country for pop, while the leaning on identitarian themes won over critics, but not consumers. Maybe Mickey Guyton’s songs were too rich, too obvious to resonate beyond media think pieces.
If there is any lesson to be learned from the Mickey Guyton example, it is that exposure is not necessarily the panacea to building measurable support beneath an artist. If it was, Mickey Guyton would be on the same level as Morgan Wallen. Instead, she’s not even on the same level of some independently-signed Americana artist who’ve never had a nationally-televised opportunity, an award nomination, or even a notion of the degree of press praise Mickey Guyton has received. Meanwhile, who were the artists who could have benefited more from the exposure Mickey Guyton received because they had music with proven resonance, but were ignored?
At some point, the music must stick in the firmament of fans for it to find traction among the American public, whether that is within country fandom, or if it branches out beyond country, like the music of Kacey Musgraves and Sturgill Simpson has seen. Another factor rarely broached is how important touring is to building those personal connections with fans, sometimes much more so than televised opportunities. And pointing out that music is not resonating shouldn’t be considered an attack, but and honest and critical assessment of the situation so improvement can be fostered in the future.
Though it’s easy to discount Mickey Guyton receiving the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the 2022 Super Bowl as “It’s only because she’s Black,” the situation is much more complex than that. First, Mickey Guyton has proven herself an excellent National Anthem singer in the opportunities she’s received in the past. Mickey Guyton has earned this opportunity on her own merit as a singer and performer. Even her critics can’t (or shouldn’t) discount Guyton’s singing ability. The NFL sought someone who could turn in an inspirational performance beyond all of the political, cultural, musical, or commercial implications, and found a great candidate in Mickey Guyton.
And though ample Black singers have received the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in the past, there has never been one from the country music community. Simply from the image of Mickey Guyton—a country music performer—singing the National Anthem for a massive audience, it will break through false narratives that Black people can’t perform country music. It will also break through false notions that Black people can’t listen to country music. And it will also break through the equally-damaging stigma often perpetrated by the media that Black performers aren’t being given opportunities in country music, because nobody has received more opportunities in the last year than Mickey Guyton.
And if Guyton knocks her performance out of the park, it will likely result in a sales/streaming boost for her in the short term. But it won’t be the wide, resounding moment for her music it might have been, because as has already been proven with previous opportunities, people like the idea of Mickey Guyton and a black woman in country music more than they like the music she turned in with Remember Her Name. And as soon as we’re honest with ourselves about that assessment, Mickey Guyton can get to work on cultivating music that will truly resonate with the public, as opposed to solely being propped up by the press and performance opportunities. Only then will Micky Guyton find the success in country music that will have a greater impact, and truly help to erode country’s racial barriers.
February 12, 2022 @ 12:05 pm
We care about what we care about and often we cannot care about something that we don’t care about even if we want to care about it.
I have trouble caring about social issues in country music. So many people get worked up about politics and cancelling folks and all of that nonsense. My time is so much more open as a result to care about the music itself!!!!
Thank you Trigger for caring for some of us that do not.
By the way, the Jeremy Pinnell album rips
February 12, 2022 @ 9:14 pm
I also have heard that the semi-recent jeremy pinnell album rips in a consistent manner.
Wilson Pick It
February 12, 2022 @ 12:25 pm
She currently has 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. That’s a pretty sizable audience. For comparison, Billy Strings is at 800k right now and we’re all acting like he’s setting the world on fire. Which he is, but you know what I’m saying. Numbers don’t lie. She’s the more popular artist, at least on that platform.
That said, she’s definitely not my cup of tea. It’s bad pop.
February 12, 2022 @ 12:57 pm
Those aren’t the only numbers, though. Billy Strings is pulling in huge numbers on the road and it seems to me that’s where it’s at these days as far as making a living in music. And such numbers that make him a roots music superstar. And I imagine he’s doing better than Guyton with respect to physical sales .
February 12, 2022 @ 1:33 pm
I certainly don’t want to characterize it as if Mickey Guyton has no fans, and is receiving no reception for her music. That’s certainly not the case. I was going to include some side by side comparisons between Mickey Guyton’s numbers and some independent artists (including Billy Strings) who also don’t receive any radio play, but that seemed a little excessive. But since it’s been broached, let’s go there.
First, as Jack W rightly points out, Billy Strings is very much a live phenomenon, and no doubt he would pull in greater numbers in most any market as a live performer. One of the reasons I think Mickey Guyton’s music is failing to resonate is her lack of touring, and this is such an important dynamic with a lot of the artists who complain that country music is treating them unfairly. You’ve got to get out there on the road and make those personal connections with fans. Big TV performances are not enough, as illustrated by Guyton. In 2015, she actually did do a lot of touring, opening for Brad Paisley and others. But that was seven years ago. Since then, her touring has been very minimal, though that may be because the opportunities have been minimal too. It’s also harder for women, and I’m sure especially a black woman, to tour. I also don’t discount the idea at all that Guyton has gotten a raw deal in her career. But she also never put together that long haul club tour to make those personal connections with fans.
Spotify really is a difficult metric for measuring reception, because of the playlist aspect. Mediabase and Soundscan actually measure plays via Spotify playlists or recommendations less than plays if someone searches for an artist and plays them directly. So this is reflected in the chart data, but not by Spotify. Guyton may have more monthly listeners than Strings, but that could be she’s on more playlists, a curiosity factor since she’s about to play the Super Bowl, etc. Strings is clearly showing more loyalty and resonance among the listeners he does have.
As for a side by side comparison, when Billy Strings released “Renewal,” he debuted at #9 in country compared to Guyton’s #47. He sold 8,135 physical albums compared to Guyton’s 2,800, and had 2.5 million streams compared to Guyton’s 2 million. Guyton’s overall consumption was 5,007 units compared to Billy’s 10,246.
And again, Billy Strings is not appearing on the CMAs, ACMs, AMAs, Grammy Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, seeing tons of press, etc. He is getting some press, but is not enjoying the kind of overwhelming reception Mickey Guyton did, and is playing bluegrass music on an independent label, not contemporary country pop on a major label.
All of this also illustrates how independent music continues to take market share from the mainstream.
Again, I’m not trying to discount Mickey Guyton by any stretch. But you can make the case no other artist received more positive press and opportunities in 2021 than her. And when running the numbers, there’s just very little return on that investment. I think it’s really important to be honest about that, as opposed to acting like she’s setting the world on fire.
Wilson Pick It
February 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
Can’t really argue with your in depth analysis! I guess that’s why you have a successful blog and I’m lurking in the comments section.
Neil Young’s Potatoes
February 13, 2022 @ 10:45 am
“In 2021 alone, Mickey Guyton performed the National Anthem as part of the National Memorial Day Concert in May, where she knocked it out of the park. On the 2021 ACM Awards in April, Guyton not only performed, she also hosted the show. She also performed on the delayed Grammy Awards in March, the CMT Awards in June, the CMA’s nationally-televised “Summer Jam” in July, the ACM’s Party for a Cause in August, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in October, the CMT Artist of the Year presentation in October, the CMA Awards in November, the American Music Awards also in November, as well as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in late November.”
I’m going to go ahead and discount the idea that Guyton has gotten a raw deal in her career.
February 14, 2022 @ 9:04 am
She is like most of the generic Nashville singers. They are shoved everywhere but no one buys their material because it is simply not engaging or good. Nashville thinks it is an issue of publicity when it is an issue of good music.
But hey maybe singing the national anthem and performing on a parade float will work this time!
February 12, 2022 @ 12:44 pm
Maybe, and here me out here, it turns out that patronizing people is more about using them than helping them.
She’ll do fine with this performance because she has a good voice and is charismatic. About her career though…another crazy thought… I think she’d be more popular and her album would sell better if she made great…um…. music.
King Honky Of Crackershire (Honk! Honk!)
February 12, 2022 @ 1:17 pm
Selecting people for their race and/or gender is so backward and cringy.
February 12, 2022 @ 10:59 pm
King Honky, I don’t remember the last time you had a comment that wasn’t cringy. I enjoy this site, but honestly you’re one of the reasons I don’t read or comment more.
King Honky Of Crackershire (Honk! Honk!)
February 13, 2022 @ 12:31 am
Are you any kin to Alfred?
February 13, 2022 @ 10:03 am
Are you any kin to Nathan Bedford Forrest?
King Honky Of Crackershire (Honk! Honk!)
February 13, 2022 @ 10:41 am
Uh oh, Trig. Looks like Douglas’s inability to partake in observational science has caused him to be very offended, and to try to derail this comments section.
Because I’m a good little SCM commenter, who adheres to your rules, I’ll take the high road here.
February 13, 2022 @ 9:53 am
It is cringe to want the best person for the role? The very definition and spirit of equality? The same sentiment in MLK’s I Have a Dream speech about content of character not skin color.
February 13, 2022 @ 10:01 am
One of the pernicious things about this situation is how many will simply say that Mickey Guyton is being given this opportunity because she’s Black, when she very well might be the best person for the role, or at least one of the best. Guyton has sung the National Anthem in high profile situations before, and knocked it out of the park. She is a great singer, and does deserve this opportunity.
King Honky Of Crackershire (Honk! Honk!)
February 13, 2022 @ 10:21 am
Please. Stop. Please?
She wasn’t given the opportunity because she’s black; she was given the opportunity because she’s black and female…and because they desperately want her to represent Country music to the world.
It’s never pernicious to speak the truth. The inarguable fact that she was chosen because she’s a black, female Country singer, doesn’t mean she can’t sing. Nobody’s saying she can’t sing. But, she wasn’t selecting for her singing ability.
You’ve got to stop doing your, -“Look at me! I’m Trigger. I’m going to inject artificial nuance into the situation so that people won’t call my website waycist.”- nonsense.
People like me see through it and feel embarrassed on your behalf, while the people you’re trying to impress will continue to hate you anyway.
Just stop, man. Please?
February 13, 2022 @ 11:12 am
I don’t think there’s a person “in the room” who would think the “pernicious” thought if she was a badass country singer who made great music and was given the “high profile” past opportunities that have led to this one, based on that criteria. And I think we all know that but many are afraid to say it. If we MUST base this on race, Rhiannon should be singing it IMO…she has an even better voice and far more deserves the opportunity. We all know what’s going on here, I wish Mickey well and she will do a fine job, but I can’t believe you think she “deserves it.”
February 12, 2022 @ 6:22 pm
I think it’s a mutual “let’s use each other” deal. Her (and her teams) marketing strategy is pretty obvious. And there are plenty of people out there to eat it up.
Part of me finds it off putting, part of me respects the hustle. Mostly the former though.
February 12, 2022 @ 12:56 pm
No doubt she can sing. Does she make country music? Not by my definition, but to each his own. I think the more pop she sounds the better her chance for sales success. Her sound is no different than so much of the pop country that is out there.
February 12, 2022 @ 1:15 pm
Good for her, I have no doubt her performance will be good. However streams are great and all but longevity comes from being able to consistently draw crowds to pay to hear you perform. If she can do that she’ll have a career that is maintainable. If not then the market has spoken. I mean a 75 year old Gary P Nunn consistently brought 500-1000 people sometimes many more 2-3 days a week for 50 years with zero airplay or marketing from the mainstream country establishment. Gary still draws and still makes a great living. Point being if she finds her loyal core audience she’s got it made if not then it isn’t meant to be.
February 12, 2022 @ 1:49 pm
Most of us who have some age and life experience, have long ago come to the realization that we choose our music based upon what moves us, and not upon superficial factors as gender and race or ethnic background. Merit given in music should be because the quality of the music is good. Simply put, GREAT music speaks for itself. A GREAT song will eventually be heard and recognized. Kyle here has spoken a basic truth we all know, but most journalists will never acknowledge. The formula is simple here, make some great Country music and people will listen. Proof? Check out Chapel Hart. They make COUNTRY music, not a weird mish-mash of pop, R&B and Hip-Hop. Country Music. And they have a growing fan-base. Hopefully, those gals go to the next level, though I fear the industry folks may ignore them for being “too traditional”.
February 12, 2022 @ 5:23 pm
I do think that journalists have an obligation to make sure that artists are not being marginalized in music because of who they are, and I think at certain times in certain genres that has probably happened. But what I can tell you is that at the end of 2021, I saw about a dozen different articles proclaiming it as “The Year of the Black Woman in Country,” with ample praise for Mickey Guyton, and a bunch of other women who are great artists, but who are decidedly Americana, while Chapel Hart was rarely mentioned if at all. That’s because the last remaining gradient of discrimination in country is against those who actually play country music.
February 12, 2022 @ 1:51 pm
All RIGHT! she has such a great voice and I think she will do a superb job. I am a big fan of hers and I will look forward to her performance and hopefully the Bengals winning their first super bowl!
February 12, 2022 @ 2:34 pm
Her numbers would be better if she made better music. Most people can tell that she has become a media creation and pet project.
It was the same problem when she burst upon the scene years ago. She had no musical identity on that EP. Now she becomes whatever the popular cause of the moment is. TV Land plays a commercial of her talking about race. Just make good music first and then worry about trying to change the world.
February 13, 2022 @ 12:57 pm
Sorry haven’t been around here in awhile. Had never heard or heard of this artist, but that’s not surprising, as I don’t care for today’s country music. As there was a full piece here re: this artist (I don’t give a crap what race she is, loved Charlie Pride and my favorite all-time rock band was led by a black dude name of Arthur Lee), so I listened to one track on YouTube. Thought it was gawdawful, in line with most country these daze. She does seem like she may have a voice worthy of our national anthem, hope so, but from what I heard she ain’t country (my kind anyway).
February 14, 2022 @ 4:04 am
February 12, 2022 @ 3:15 pm
did she concoct the highwomen issue of her own volition, did someone put her up to it thinking it would be a career jump starter? we may never know.
she has talent, but she is not singing at the Superbowl because of that talent. she is the posterchild, put up to fill a role, whether it is on that goofy CBS morning show, or wherever else. sadly she will always have an asterisk next to her name. give it a few years and she will be back to “who?”, and playing carnivals, probably opening for the puppet show.
“I’ve told them a hundred times: put ‘Mickey Guyton’ first and ‘Puppet Show’ last.”
hopefully she at least gets a bigger dressing room than the puppets.
February 12, 2022 @ 5:25 pm
I have no reason to believe Mickey Guyton made up the Highwomen incident out of whole cloth, especially since Maren Morris acknowledged it. What we don’t know is what the extent of it was, and why it happened. This is both the fault of The Highwomen, and Mickey Guyton, who have failed to clarify the situation, and the fault of the media who have failed to hold The Highwomen to account, and to demand an explanation.
February 12, 2022 @ 9:35 pm
C’’mon Trig, she has friggin commercials where she basically pleads her case (good thing they got rid of committees at the Grammys since she stepped on power lesbian Brandy Carlisle’s toes)
February 13, 2022 @ 2:38 am
True that…and the celebra-presenters who host cbs mornings are all way overpaid….(as are most ALL celebrities) and therefore they are WAY WAY out of touch of the reality of average people’s financial BUDGET and how that constrains their choices and lifestyle. So while Gail King wants to use CBS’s limited airtime to spread the word and give Mickey the publicity and support Gail “believes” she has been “denied”…Gail is given free reign to do this but she is making false assumptions.
As we have all seen Mickey may be a nice girl ….but her music isn’t appealing to people..and feels like homework.
And to clear the record…..
Morgan Wallen is a damn fine person…who has been wrongly targeted and attacked by people like Gail….as the problem standing in the way of Mickey .
..when in REALITY….He has NOTHING to do with her lack of popularity…
Morgan is wildly popular …because he is a soft hearted and loving PERSON….who is a LOT of FUN…and has an incredible VOICE and a warm and emotional way of singing that deeply MOVES people…His musical talent is undeniable and his voice touches the heart…
February 13, 2022 @ 12:33 pm
😂😂😂😂. Ok Sparky.
Erik the Red
February 13, 2022 @ 11:20 am
Kacey,I am commenting just to let you know that somebody got your spinal tap reference… And it is awesome
February 12, 2022 @ 3:33 pm
It seems like being a lot to mid-level commercial recording artist in any genre would be more difficult and tough to break out of than being an independent artist trying to scratch it out. If you work are trying to get on the radio you have to work with all kinds of people to generate an image and a sound, a whole lot of things that are basically the opposite of how creativity has worked in my life. If you don’t have a label you still have to struggle but at least you can get as crazy as you want and it seems like it would be much more fulfilling overall. I hope she does find a way to have a fulfilling career but pop radio music seems like a terrible way to do that. Hope that getting to sing The Ancreonotic Song to millions of viewers does something for her but I suspect you are right.
February 12, 2022 @ 4:13 pm
Whoever sings the National Anthem has to be able to sing the National Anthem and, frankly, there just aren’t that many people who can pull it off at the level you have to be at as a vocalist for the Super Bowl (not talking about Minor League baseball level here). Even people who make their livings as entertainers and singers are sometimes not people who can stand in the middle of a stadium by themselves and belt out a song with that kind of range that will resonate with an audience of that size. Confidence as a solo performer (no band) comes into play at this level too. As you said, Mickey Guyton has already proven she can do it. Her past performances of the song are as solid as any other notable performances of the song, even if she’s not a huge name. Good for her and she deserves it. I think she was asked based on merit and being a sure bet and I can imagine her frustration at any pushback.
As interesting as it would be to see Tyler Childers or Kacey Musgraves or Sturgill Simpson or Billy Strings or any other number of people try to pull it off, I can’t think of one person from that camp who could hit the song solidly at the level you need to be at as a vocalist at the Super Bowl. I would absolutely love to be proven wrong (maaaybe Kacey could do it), so consider this a friendly challenge.
There’s a good version by Jamey Johnson, but even he has harmony singers backing him up and I wonder if just him at the SB would be enough (he’s definitely not a big enough name if that matters). The Dixie Chicks also had harmonies. Carrie Underwood had her go. And, well, we all know what happened with Luke Bryan (surprisingly not horrible but SB level?) Who am I missing from the country world that should be in the running that could pull it off? Honestly surprised Chris Stapleton hasn’t tried yet.
February 12, 2022 @ 4:27 pm
Obviously there’s musical accompaniment at the SB. By “no band” I mean not the usual backing band that you’re used to rehearsing and performing with.
February 12, 2022 @ 4:40 pm
Sorry, last comment. I think Sierra Ferrell could pull it off vocally and confidence-wise if she gets to the mainstream level one day. Which she should be able to if that’s what she wants and her camp plays its cards right. Still think Mickey Guyton is a good choice this year though.
February 12, 2022 @ 5:27 pm
Mickey Guyton is definitely more qualified to sing the National Anthem than Sturgill Simpson or Tyler Childers. She is a much better singer, at least from a conventional perspective.
February 13, 2022 @ 1:04 pm
LOL yeah couldn’t agree more about Sturgill, who played my show, and the national anthem. (Would love to see Steve Earle do it!) Ms. Guyton does seem much more eminently qualified for this role.
February 13, 2022 @ 12:03 pm
Trisha Yearwood comes to mind as someone who could do the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, especially here in Los Angeles, since her brand of country, though 1990’s Nashville in practice, is still exceptionally popular out because in many ways it leans towards 1970’s Los Angeles at its heart. She’d do it with a lot of passion but without overdoing it on the vocal histrionics, much as her spiritual role model Linda Ronstadt did at Game 3 of the 1977 World Series at Dodger Stadium.
As for Mickey Guyton–quite frankly I’m cool with her doing the anthem for the game. If she’s going to be country music’s representative at this year’s Super Bowl game, which by the way is being played in the predominately African-American city of Inglewood, on the southwest side of Los Angeles, then I’m all for it.
David: The Duke of Everything
February 12, 2022 @ 5:21 pm
I think she was obviously asked to do it because of her race more than anything else. Can she do it well, probably but it doesn’t matter. I don’t think it or the halftime show mean anymore than a normal game. Even the commercials tend to suck now. I might watch some of the game but I won’t be watching this other side stuff. Far as her career, I don’t think this is going to change anything. She will be propped up as usual but there won’t any mention of those numbers.
February 12, 2022 @ 6:11 pm
She leans REALLY hard into the whole “being a Black Country singer is hard”. It seems to work for her, thereby also kinda disproving that it’s really hard.
So good for her I guess.
February 13, 2022 @ 9:51 am
I prefer the Pride method of making great country music and letting his music speak for him.
But I guess it is easier to play the victim card in today’s environment.
February 12, 2022 @ 7:12 pm
She’s not country by any means at all. Wish her all the luck tomorrow at the Super Bowl!!
February 12, 2022 @ 8:07 pm
“…because as has already been proven with previous opportunities, people like the idea of Mickey Guyton and a black woman in country music more than they like the music.””
Folks, it couldn’t be said any better than that.
February 12, 2022 @ 9:05 pm
In every way.
February 14, 2022 @ 4:12 am
February 12, 2022 @ 9:17 pm
A more important announcement is this: Joshua Ray Walker To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut. I believe April 15th.
February 12, 2022 @ 9:40 pm
If only Ashley Monroe were black, She’d rightly be our Dolly Parton. And Trig would have her back (sorry Trig).
February 12, 2022 @ 10:01 pm
Lest us not forget…we’ve lived through the Beyoncé bs, the Lil Nas X bs…whoever is reading this, know that your love of country music matters more than disingenuous crap.
February 12, 2022 @ 10:42 pm
Saving country music? I’ve been saved country music. Heck, I say heck because I might literally have been saved by country music.
I’m sick of the Beyoncé. And the Lil Nas X. And the disingenuous concern about black women in country music…
I want to hear about the Stax museum in Memphis and how they were influenced by country music. As opposed to white people saying not to play country music around Black people because it might offend them.
I want to listen to Bill Anderson and not have someone tell me his songs are anything other than white as can be.
I want to see Candi Staton, preferably on the Opry, and one legendary soul singer who truly jives with country. She’s covered Merle, Dolly and Tammy.
Finally, as a bipolar person who views privilege as a means of survival, not to mention relying on the kindness of strangers, I’m sick of “privileged” arse people having boo to say about something that means a lot to me, that being country music.
strait county 81
February 12, 2022 @ 11:56 pm
Suprised it’s not Musgraves since it’s in LA and she seems to be the “cool” country artist they accept along with Stapleton.
February 13, 2022 @ 6:07 am
You people are daydreaming if you think they would have a white male singing the National anthem for the Super Bowl this year.
February 13, 2022 @ 6:19 am
Do they still have the cool Budweiser/Clydesdale commercials?
February 14, 2022 @ 12:29 pm
I only saw one, and it was good. The eTrade baby only made one appearance, too.
North Woods Country
February 13, 2022 @ 8:57 am
Her performance will be tremendous. What remains to be seen is how woke the whole thing proves to be. I’m going to separate the two elements and find a way to just enjoy a great and deserving artist being given this honor.
February 13, 2022 @ 9:20 am
i hope she doesn’t show cleavage while singing our anthem what do u think?
February 13, 2022 @ 10:40 am
I certainly hope she does. My only political affiliation is pro-cleavage or just bare breasts. The world would be a better place
strait county 81
February 13, 2022 @ 11:01 am
Yeah that’s a pass for me.
February 13, 2022 @ 11:16 am
If there’s some you don’t want to see, just don’t look.
February 13, 2022 @ 4:44 pm
Brandon E, please don’t tell my sig other, fam. members, or friends, but you’ve correctly nailed the real reason I’m going to be willing to pay >$35 to see the under-talented Jessie James Decker at a nearby venue in a couple of months.
February 13, 2022 @ 3:53 pm
The last time a live show was played for the Super Bowl Halftime show was over 20 years ago (U2 in 2001). It’s all performative nonsense now for people with low-brow senses of humor who want to laugh at the commercials.
February 13, 2022 @ 4:23 pm
Couldnt even hear it, great job nbc
February 13, 2022 @ 4:31 pm
Heard it just fine. Might have been your affiliate?
February 13, 2022 @ 4:24 pm
Well, she just performed.
Everyone in the football discord channel hated it.
February 13, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
I thought it was excellent. All indications are that it was live as well.
Pretty sure Jhene Aiko’s “America The Beautiful” was pre-recorded.
February 13, 2022 @ 8:25 pm
It’s not the norm for them to allow performers to sing live. They sing with pre-recorded vocal tracks that sound live. This is to ensure no technical difficulties because they won’t do anything close to a normal soundcheck.
February 13, 2022 @ 4:33 pm
Should have picked Enrico Pallazzo to sing it.
John R Baker
February 14, 2022 @ 7:21 am
Mickey has both the problem that every woman who tries to make it in country has and the problem that Rhiannon Giddens had trying to break through. I remember 10 years ago when the Carolina Chocolate put out the excellent “Country Girl” video. A great fan reception got it some attention on CMT at first but it faded fast. They were a phenomenal band but could never get any traction out of the NPR crowd.
In Mickey’s case her most phenomenal songs are also really about the African American experience in America. And she gets savage pushback from the fanbase who’s all about Morgan Wallen more out of reactionary anger than a real love for his music.
She just doesn’t have a natural fanbase in country.