“I’m so honored to have my album nominated,” Morris said of the CMA nomination. “But I don’t know how I feel [at] right at home right now. There’s going to be so many people I love in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But at the moment, I’m not comfortable going.”
Morris described feeling the need to speak out against bigotry in the country music community.
“I hate feeling like I have to be the hall monitor to treat people like human beings in country music,” Morris said in the release. “It’s exhausting. But there’s a very insidious culture where people feel very comfortable being transphobic and homophobic and racist, and that they can wrap it up in a joke and nobody’s going to call them out on it. It just becomes normal for people to behave. Like that.”
Morris has recently come under fire from some conservatives for speaking out against transphobia, with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson calling him a “crazy country music person.”
He also plans to continue speaking his mind.
“I don’t think I’ve lost any fans,” Morris said. “I’ve been very clear from the beginning. It’s terrible when artists shut up, shut up, shut up, and finally they reach their breaking point and they have to say something because something is so unfair or disgusting. And then they lose half the people because they stayed silent. I try to tell my husband this because he is still building. [his own music career]: Let people know where you are. Those who do not succeed will fall, but those who stick with you will know what they are helping.”