Mar 29, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Harris hails Beyoncé: "Your music continues to inspire us all"

Vice President Kamala Harris claps her hands

Vice President Kamala Harris appears in the House Chamber ahead of the State of the Union address on March 7. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris praised Beyoncé's music on Friday after the superstar released her new album, "Cowboy Carter."

The big picture: Beyoncé's highly anticipated album, which dropped at midnight, revived the debate over diversity in contemporary country music, Axios Nashville's Adam Tamburin reports.

What she's saying: "Thank you for reminding us to never feel confined to other people's perspective of what our lane is," Harris wrote in a post on X.

  • "You have redefined a genre and reclaimed country music's Black roots. Your music continues to inspire us all," she said.

Catch up quick: Beyoncé said the album "has been over five years in the making" and was "born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed," per an Instagram post earlier this month.

  • The superstar said it was "because of that experience" she "did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive."

Her comments were widely interpreted as a reference to her 2016 performance at the CMA Awards, which was met with a racist backlash on social media, Tamburin also reports.

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