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The Latest: Mickey Guyton on her historic Grammy performance

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy Awards (all times local):

3 p.m.

Country star Mickey Guyton says her performance Sunday night on the Grammy Awards will be “a moment for Black people in country music.”

Guyton, a first-time nominee and first-time performer, is the first solo Black female artist to be nominated in a country category at the Grammys, following in the footsteps of the Pointer Sisters who have won a country Grammy Award.

“My life changed once I started running towards everything that made me different,” Guyton told The Associated Press during interviews backstage prior to the show. “They say country music is three chords and the truth. So I started writing my truth as a Black woman, singing country music and my experiences in my life. And one of those first songs was ‘Black Like Me.’”

She said that stepping on that stage is not only important to her, but all those communities that have felt marginalized in country music.

“I realize that not only am I walking through those doors as a Black woman, I need to hold the door open for many other Black, brown, LBGTQA plus artists that have the same dreams,” says Guyton.

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Source: AP News

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