Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are casting rebuke towards the Country Music Association for neglecting to honor the late John Prine’s legacy during Wednesday’s 2020 CMA Awards.
During the show’s segment honoring Country legends who died this past year, many fans noticed artists like Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver were omitted from the list. Isbell took great offense to the apparent snub and took action. “Due to @CountryMusic’s failure to mention John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Billy Joe Shaver at the CMA’s last night, @amandashires and I have decided to return our membership cards,” the artist tweeted with a photo of the cards in question.
“I doubt anybody will care, but we cared a lot about our heroes.”
Prine’s label, Oh Boy Records, also drew attention to the oversight. They released a statement saying, “We’re disappointed John won’t be a part of the CMA award show tonight. Country music was both the inspiration and foundation for his songwriting and performing. While there may be a number of artists who have had more commercial success than John, there are very few who achieved more artistically.”
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It wasn’t long before John’s widow, Fiona Prine, jumped into the conversation and retweeted Oh Boy’s statement. “I know @JohnPrineMusic was as Country as Country can get... now, if we could just get our hands on that CMA rule book 🤨” she seemingly joked,
The CMA’s have yet to comment on omitting Prine from the segment. The legendary singer died from coronavirus complications back in April. He was 73 years old.