NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
CMA Awards nominee Maren Morris has expressed misgivings about attending the big event while feuding with conservative social media influencer Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany.
Despite her third studio album, Humble Quest, receiving an album of the year nomination, Morris said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times released Tuesday that she has yet to decide whether she will attend the biggest country music night of the year.
“I’m very honored that my record is nominated. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there right now,” she stated when asked about a possible encounter with the Aldeans. “So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go.”
But for now, “I don’t feel comfortable going,” said the country music artist.
“Some nights are fun. Others, I’m just crawling out of my skin. I’m not good at those events because I’m awkward. But this time, I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going.”
Morris and Aldean’s clash began after the influencer posted a makeup tutorial on Instagram in August that drew attention for her transphobic comments.
“I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase,” she captioned. “I love this girly life.”
Morris took to Twitter to denounce Brittany’s remarks, saying, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie.”
Later, in September, Aldean guested on Tucker Carlson’s Tucker Carlson Tonight to deal with her transphobic comments once and for all. During her introduction by the host, Carlson referred to Morris as a “lunatic” and “fake country music singer.”
As a reply to the remarks, Morris made a t-shirt with “lunatic country music person” printed on it. She also announced that the proceeds would be transferred to a non-profit, Trans Lifeline and GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program.
“I don’t think I lost any fans over this,” Morris told the Times about the dispute.
“I’ve been very clear from the get-go. It sucks when artists stay quiet, stay quiet, stay quiet, and then they finally reach their breaking point and have to say something because something is so unjust and disgusting. And then they lose half their crowd because they stayed quiet.
“I try to tell my husband this, because he’s still building: Let people know where you stand. The ones who don’t get it will fall away, but the ones that stick with you will know what they’re contributing to.”
The CMA Awards will premiere on November 9 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC live from Nashville.