Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Yeah, well, put Taylor Swift against this...
...and, I guarantee, she won't win.
Charley Pride? Depends upon who is listening. Sorry, my friend, but just because you think he's a legend, doesn't automatically make him the better choice, nor does it make him "real" country. Charley Pride won a CMA award back in 1994, as a "Pioneer." His last earned (by sales and popularity) award (an AMA, for a total of 3 CMAs, and 3 AMAs) was received in 1976.
Taylor Swift, on the other hand:
And she's still selling albums, and
she's still in the musical spotlight, and
she's younger than when Charley Pride won his award, AND
she has a long career ahead of her. You will lose your bet. I can bet you, and win, on the idea that there are people who don't consider Charley Pride "real" country. That doesn't make them right, either. You know why? Because there's no such thing as "real" country.