60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Premiere Ceremony

Reba McEntire attends the 60th annual Grammy Awards in 2018.

Women in country music have been breaking down barriers and claiming their space in the genre for the last 100 years with little fanfare. 

The Grammy Museum is honoring performers from Maybelle to Mickey Guyton with “The Power of Women in Country Music,” which runs through Sunday, Oct. 2. 

“The Power of Women in Country Music” takes guests on a journey that starts just after World War II to the present, via artifacts and content from 70 female country artists. 

“I am so inspired by the fearlessness, creativity and resilience of these artists,” said Kelsey Goelz, Grammy Museum’s associate curator and this exhibit’s curator. 

“Each generation of women in country music has paved the way for the next, and now, they’re headlining festivals, winning Grammys and breaking streaming records.”

The exhibit’s highlights include:

• Dolly Parton’s dress from her 1971 Grand Ole Opry performance of “Joshua” and her custom butterfly-inlaid Gibson banjo.

• Emmylou Harris’ Manuel Cuevas boots, worn on the album cover for her 1979 album “Blue Kentucky Girl.” 

• Rosanne Cash’s Martin OM-28M acoustic guitar. 

• Wanda Jackson’s 1980s-era pink fringed performance blazer and signature Daisy Rock pink acoustic guitar.

• Reba McEntire’s pink dressing gown, worn in her 1993 music video for “Does He Love You.”

• Shania Twain’s outfit and top hat, worn in her 1999 music video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

• LeAnn Rimes’ blue dress, worn to the 39th annual Grammy Awards in 1997, when she became both the youngest and the first country artist to win best new artist.

• Faith Hill’s outfit from the 2017 Soul2Soul Tour, and her 2002 Grammy Award for best female country vocal performance.

• Taylor Swift’s Deering banjo used in her 2010 music video for “Mean” and Etro dress from her performance at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in 2021.

• Reproduction of the cabin featured in Taylor Swift’s 63rd annual Grammy Awards performance of “Cardigan”/“August”/“Willow.”

• New artifacts from contemporary country artists Rissi Palmer, Leah Turner, Reyna Roberts, Brittney Spencer, Madeline Edwards and Callista Clark.

“The Power of Women in Country Music” started in Mississippi before the pandemic as a Grammy Museum traveling exhibit, hitting Tulsa as well before landing in DTLA. In the fall, it’ll visit the North Carolina Museum of History. 

“It’s a chronicled journey through the last 100 years of women breaking down barriers and just claiming their space in the country music genre,” Goelz said.

“We start in the 1920s with the Carter Sisters, the first country women to go on record, through this past Grammy Awards.”

When Goelz was curating the exhibit, she saw a study shared through USC that reported women artists make up 10% of radio station playlists. 

“These gals are headlining huge arena shows, breaking streaming records, being fearless about things they’re singing about, standing up for LGBTQ+, writing about being Black women in America,” Goelz said. 

“They don’t shy away from anything. They’re forcing country music to change with the times. The radio play doesn’t match up. We wanted to take a look at who these women are and why they’re so important to the genre.”

 

“The Power of Women in Country Music”

WHEN: Various times through Sunday, Oct. 2

WHERE: Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, LA

COST: $18 museum admission, with discounts available

INFO: 213-725-5700, grammymuseum.org

 

Featured artists  

“The Power of Women in Country Music” features artifacts from: 

• Ingrid Andress 

• Kelsea Ballerini 

• Danielle Bradbery 

• Brandi Carlile 

• Maybelle and Sara Carter

• Rosanne Cash

• Callista Clark 

• Patsy Cline 

• Jessie Jo Dillon 

• Madeline Edwards 

• Nicolle Galyon

• Mickey Guyton 

• Caylee Hammack 

• Emmylou Harris 

• The Highwomen 

• Faith Hill 

• Wanda Jackson 

• Jillian Jacqueline 

• Tiera Kennedy

• Miranda Lambert 

• Loretta Lynn

• Rose Maddox 

• Reba McEntire 

• Patsy Montana 

• Maren Morris 

• Kacey Musgraves 

• Rissi Palmer

• Dolly Parton 

• Carly Pearce 

• Minnie Pearl 

• Pistol Annies 

• Margo Price 

• LeAnn Rimes 

• Jean Ritchie 

• Reyna Roberts 

• Allison Russell 

• Hillary Scott 

• Brittney Spencer 

• Taylor Swift 

• Leah Turner 

• Shania Twain 

• Laura Veltz 

• Cindy Walker 

• Tricia Walker 

• Trisha Yearwood 

• Yola