(CNN) Shania Twain Stands Up for Others in Country Music.
“When I wrote ‘A Man I Feel Like a Woman’, I had no idea at the time that it would become an undercurrent of a decades-long career,” she said, referring to one of her biggest successes. “It’s amazing how one statement can empower so many.”
Twain said the phrase “has been taken up by a host of wonderful communities all over the world and has become a true path to strength…which brings me so much joy.”
“I believe in all-encompassing country music,” Twain said. “We are a family.” “This is a genre of music with a rich history that has given rise to and nurtured my songwriting, performing, and recording career since childhood. Currently, the industry standard is really doing this a disservice.”
Presented with the award by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Twain has some of the diverse acts highlighting her on her “Queen of Me” tour this year, including Lily Rose, Lindsay Ell, Hailey Whitters, Mickey Guyton, and others.
“I will continue to do my best as a pioneer,” Twain said. “Together, let’s make sure all our fellow artists get equal play regardless of gender, age or race.”
She also performed a cappella with the African-American singing group The BoykinZ while presenting an award on stage. Twain is in touch with the group, who are the sisters and rising country stars, after Kelly Clarkson recently surprised them by bringing Twain to meet them. During an episode of Clarkson’s daytime talk show.
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