Chuck Arnold, New York Post, February 13, 2022
As a black female country artist, Mickey Guyton has spent the past year breaking color — and gender — barriers in the predominantly white male genre.
She gave a powerful performance of her song “Black Like Me” at the Grammys, was the first African-American woman to co-host the ACM Awards and rocked a supersize Afro when she did “Love My Hair” at the CMAs.
Now, the 38-year-old singer — whose debut album, “Remember Her Name,” is up for three Grammys in April — will have another memorable moment when she performs the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“It’s Black History Month, and a black country singer gets to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Wow,” Guyton told The Post. “This is a huge moment for me. It’s a huge moment for black people. And I want to represent that in the best possible way that I can.”
Before the Los Angeles Rams tackle the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, Guyton is planning to unite the players, the crowd and the country in song.
Still, there are those who haven’t felt that Guyton belonged in country music simply because of the color of her skin. Even after all of her groundbreaking success in 2021, the Texas native started off 2022 by dealing with one such racist troll who tweeted, “We don’t want your kind in country music!” Guyton’s response? “Bless your little heart.”
Despite such resistance, there has been a movement happening with black country artists — from Kane Brown and Jimmie Allen to veteran Darius Rucker — making strides in Nashville. Guyton, though, is not satisfied.
“I want to see more women,” she said. “It is not enough for just one black woman to make it in country music — or anywhere. It’s not enough, like, there can’t just be one.”