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Sturgill Simpson busks outside CMA Awards after nominations snub

Singer Sturgill Simpson mocked the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (08Nov17) by busking for charity outside after failing to land any nominations for the ceremony.
The star has struggled to gain mainstream recognition in the country industry, despite earning the Best Country Album Grammy earlier this year (17) for his release, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, so he decided to stage a mini-protest outside the Bridgestone Arena as the big prizegiving took place inside.
Sturgill set himself up by the barriers just outside the venue’s main entrance – with his Grammy on display in his guitar case, and performed to raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, while live-streaming the set on Facebook.
He also had a sign which read: ‘Struggling’ country singer… anything helps. (All donations go to the ACLU) God Bless America’.
He took the time to chat with fans and pose for pictures, all while joking about how he had been shut out of the event.
“You’ve got a better chance of getting in there than I do, I’ll tell you that,” he quipped to one person.
Sturgill also sarcastically told a group of admirers, “Finally made it, guys, big show. They were all out of seats, I couldn’t get a ticket. So I thought I’d come down here and play some country music, since we’re celebrating it this evening in Nashville, Tennessee.”
He later used the impromptu set to express his political beliefs, slamming U.S. President Donald Trump as a “fascist f**king pig”, calling for equal rights, and advocating for tighter gun control legislation across the nation, as part of his acceptance speech of sorts.
“Nobody needs a machine gun, and that’s comin’ from a guy who owns quite a few guns,” he said. “Gay people should have the right to be happy and live their life any way they want to and get married if they want to without fear of getting dragged down the road by a pickup truck. Black people are probably tired of getting shot in the streets and being enslaved by the industrial prison complex. Hegemony and fascism is alive and well in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you very much.”
While thousands of fans tuned in to watch the gig online, the star only raised a measly $13 (£10) for the ACLU, a non-profit organisation which works to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

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