CMT Awards 2020: Jennifer Nettles Will Receive First-Ever ‘Equal Play Award’

by Halle Ames

Singer, songwriter, actress, and producer Jennifer Nettles will receive the first-ever ‘Equal Play Award’ at the CMT Awards tomorrow. 

The award comes after an effort to get more women and diversity in the music industry. The CMT’s started the Equal Play initiative in 2019 due to so little women in country music. In addition, Nettles says that this is an honor to be the first winner. 

“As a proud part of the beautiful legacy of women in country music, I am honored to be the first recipient of the CMT Equal Play Award,” said Nettles. “I look forward to celebrating the contributions of women, and all marginalized communities, within the country music format, and I am motivated in encouraging the non-artists, executives, and investors in the industry to do the same. There is much work still to be done.”

The CMT Awards shared a post on their Twitter account about the winner. They captioned the video, “This year at the #CMTawards, we’re honoring @JenniferNettles with the #CMTEqualPlay Award for being a trailblazer for women in country music and for her efforts with the Equal Play Movement.” 

The tweet was posted this morning and has received 28 retweets, three quote tweets, as well as 118 likes. 

Nettles also reposted the photo, saying, “As a proud part of the beautiful legacy of women in country music, I am honored to be the first recipient of the #CMTEqualPlay Award. Tune In Wednesday at 8/7c @CMT. #CMTawards.” 

Her tweet has 1,400 views, 30 retweets, four quote tweets, as well as 207 likes. Her fans have also commented to congratulate the Sugarland singer on her achievement.

Jennifer Nettles Bio

Jennifer Nettles is a 46-year-old Georgia native. She got her start singing in the bands Soul Miner’s Daughter and Jennifer Nettles Band. In 2003, she teamed up with Kristen Hall and Kristian Bush to form Sugarland, but Hall left three years later. The group performed with Bon Jovi to sing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and won the 2006 Collaborative Video Of The Year at the CMT Awards. In 2007, Nettles and Bon Jovi also won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Since then, the group, as well as her solo career, has won numerous other awards.

[H/T The Country Daily]