Sturgill Simpson gets snubbed again by the ACM’s
If you were watching the Grammy Awards recently, you know that Sturgill Simpson took home the trophy for Best Country Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards, and was in contention for Album of the Year for his latest project 'A Sailor’s Guide to Earth'.
Many wondered if the ACM Awards would finally realize that Sturgill Simpson deserved a nomination. Well, the ACM Awards announced the 2017 nominees on Feb.16th, just days after Sturgill’s big win. Sturgill, along with others who are not in the mainstream Nashville scene, got snubbed again.
This did not come as a surprise to Sturgill and it appears that rather than being upset, it has emboldened him. After Sturgill’s music pal Wheeler Walker Jr. called out the ACM Awards on Twitter for giving five nominations to Florida Georgia Line and zero to Sturgill, Simpson’s reply on Saturday was, “Good..dodged a corny bullet. Plus it highlights their own hegemonic, transparent corruption/irrelevance. It’s all working perfectly”
Sturgill Simpson fans know that there is no love lost between him and the ACM’s. In August of 2016, Sturgill slammed the awards for disrespecting one of his mentors - Merle Haggard, saying in part, 'If the ACM wants to actually celebrate the legacy and music of Merle Haggard, they should drop all the formulaic cannon fodder (expletive) they’ve been pumping down rural America’s throat for the last 30 years along with all the high school pageantry, meat parade award show (expletive) and start dedicating their programs to more actual Country Music.'
Look at all of the good things Sturgill Simpson is accomplishing without the help of the Nashville machine. He has released highly acclaimed albums, the most recent having won a Grammy this year!! He plays to sold out venues all over the country, and he has performed on Late Night National TV more than once.
He may be taking the long way around to get to the top, but Sturgill Simpson is getting noticed by a lot of movers and shakers and appears to be doing just fine!