About a week before the premiere of Kelly Clarkson’s new NBC talk show, she hosted a YouTube Q&A session to promote it, and got into a bit of a rant about some things she’s not thrilled about in the country music world.
It started when Clarkson was asked if she knew what a “farm emo” was, to which she responded she thought the term referred to “a very sad country person.”
“You know why? Because country music doesn’t sound country anymore,” she delved into. “So they’re making up terms to be like, ‘This is country.’ Country music is gone. I don’t know who’s making it, but there might be like four people.”
“I love that when I started to do country, they were like, ‘Oh you’re pop. You’re not country enough.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, let me show you this list of the Top 20,’ which by the way did not include one female.”
On that topic, she discussed on a deeper level the lack of women in the contemporary country music world. “Y’all don’t play people with boobs either, it’s fine. ‘Oh you got boobs, you’re not a man, we can’t play you, get out of here.’ What happened? The 90s was filled–Do you want me to go off on how many women were so monumental in my [career]?” she said, naming Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain, among others. “What is happening in country music? This is what’s happening. Y’all aren’t playing country music anymore.”
The Kelly Clarkson Show airs Sept. 9 on NBC stations. Watch her discuss country music below, beginning at the 6:40 mark.