Paramore Reject Tennessee State Honor in Solidarity With Allison Russell, Citing “Blatant Racism” of House Republicans

At the 2024 Grammy Awards, Paramore formally won their first two trophies: Best Rock Album (for This Is Why) and Best Alternative Music Performance (for “This Is Why”). Another Tennessee-based artist also won her first Grammy: Eight-time nominee Allison Russell earned Best American Roots Performance for “Eve Was Black.”

In celebration, Nashville Democrat Justin Jones proposed house resolutions to honor the achievements. The resolution for Paramore (a band of white musicians from Tennessee) passed the state’s House of Representatives unanimously. The resolution for Russell (a Canadian-born Black artist who made her name in Nashville) was referred back to committee, a procedural move that The Tennessean’s Melissa Brown and Marcus K. Dowling have described as “a death knell for resolutions.”

Source : Pitchfork