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Mickey Guyton is the First Black Female Solo Artist to Earn Grammy Nomination in Country Category

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Country singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton has already made Grammy history with her 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for her single "Black Like Me."

Guyton is the first Black solo female artist to be nominated in a country category at the Grammy awards. (The Pointer Sisters' "Live Your Life Before You Die" was nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo/ Group in 1976.)

"I am lost for words," Guyton wrote on social media. "God is so good! Thank you @RecordingAcad!"

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During a December appearance on The Today Show, Guyton told Hoda Kotb that, for her, the nomination is about more than a Grammy award.

"This award is just so much bigger than just a Grammy nomination for me," Guyton said. "This award is for Black women. For every single woman that has felt unseen and unheard and put in a corner and not acknowledged. This award is for that. It's just been so overwhelming. I'm just so blessed."

On Feb. 1, Guyton made her late-night television debut, performing "Black Like Me" on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. 

In September of 2020, Guyton became the first Black woman to perform at the ACM Awards.

"That phrase, 'You see it, you can be it' really rings true, and I just -- standing here for other women of color, it means the world to me," Guyton told Entertainment Tonight in September. "That's why I'm here."

Guyton released her EP Bridges, featuring "What Are You Gonna Tell Her," "Black Like Me" and "Heaven Down Here," earlier this year.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will air on Jan. 31, 2021 at 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde, Ingrid Andress and Eric Church are among the other artists nominated.

Late singer-songwriter John Prine earned two posthumous nominations: Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for "I Remember Everything."

For the first time in Grammy history, all the nominees for Best Country Album (Miranda Lambert, Ingrid Andress, Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Little Big Town, which is fronted by Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schapman) are women.

Country artist Ingrid Andress is nominated for Best New Artist, along with Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, Kaytranada and Megan Thee Stallion. Sturgill Simpson is nominated for Best Rock Album for his 2019 album Sound & Fury.

See the full list of 2021 Grammy nominees here.

This article was published in November of 2020. It was updated on Feb. 2, 2021.

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