Taylor Swift It was removed from a famous Nashville mural paying tribute to the myths of country music, and replaced by Brad Paisley.
Other country music stars who have appeared on the painting include Keith Urban, Reba MacIntyre, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton and Willie Nelson. Paisley can now be seen seated in the chair where singer-songwriter “Evermore” was previously seated.
Swift fans insisted this was unfair to the artist who received a rare Pinnacle Award at the 2013 CMAs.
One Twitter user wrote, “Taylor Swift did not become the first woman to receive a Pinnacle Award and contributed so much to country music only to be replaced on a mural in Nashville, which is an absolute disrespect.” Embed a Tweet
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Twitter user O Lord She wrote: “Taylor Swift, the most award-winning artist of country albums in history and” achieved national and international fame through unique levels of country music “, takes her place in the Mythology Corner mural given to Brad Paisley and why ???” “
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives from Swift and Legends Corner.
In a Sunday email to USA TODAY, Davis confirmed that he had been working on planned changes to the mural last week, including “covering up Taylor and adding Brad Paisley.”
“In the end, the changes are not up to me, but rather the owners of the Legends Corner tape … They intended from the start to change it once in a while, directing some artists and adding others,” Davis wrote.
The plan is to add three more country stars to the painting, including one artist “already drawn between Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks” – which Davis will not reveal yet. Will add others throughout January as weather permits.
Regarding Swift’s removal, Davis says, “I’ve heard many complaints here in Nashville about Taylor being on the wall with Country Legends since she’s currently focused mainly on pop music. Some drunken bar hoppers spat on her image specifically, and they felt betrayed by Accepted her project from Country. I think that’s to be expected, but overall, Nashville residents love it as much as I do. “
Davis even hopes to paint a mural in downtown Nashville that “will distinguish her on her own, one aspect dedicated to her roots in the country and the other to her success in crossing into pop music because I think both matter.”
I have set up a file GoFundMe Page, seeking to raise $ 35,000 for Swift’s mural.
“As a musical legend in her own right, having introduced so many to the country music genre, she should appear on a landmark mural in Music City that showcases both her country roots and her status as Queen of Pop,” she explains the pages, and seeks to cover “all the expenses to make it happen.” “