Mickey Guyton already brought a new and necessary perspective to country music after performing “Black Like Me,” which spoke to the racism she encountered as a child in Texas.
But on the stage of the CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 10), the Grammy-nominated star performed “Love My Hair,” alongside Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, to honor the story of Faith Fennidy.
Fennidy, who was 11 at the time of the 2018 incident, was a Black student at Christ the King Middle School when she was sent home after being told that her braided hair violated the school’s policy. The video, which was uploaded to Facebook by Faith’s brother, Steven, went viral and was viewed over 2 million times.
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Fennidy, now ready to embark into high school, stood proudly during Wednesday’s telecast and introduced Guyton, Spencer, and Edwards, who performed the uplifting anthem to an audience of millions. Holding hands in unison, the three singers were introduced by Fennidy, announcing, “This next artist created this song to make sure [that] girls like me feel seen and loved. And that’s how you turn something very painful into [something] very positive.”
On Wednesday's telecast, Guyton, Spencer, and Edwards were proudly introduced by Fennidy.
When they finished their final harmonized refrain of “I love my hair,” Fennidy joined them onstage for a group hug, as the audience in the arena rose to their feet.
“This song is about self-love,” Guyton said to The Tennessean during rehearsal earlier in the week. “We talk about loving our hair as Black women. It is also [about] truly loving who we are. I think so many of us are so mean to ourselves, and we need to learn to love ourselves a little bit. I really hope it touches a lot of people.”
“I think this moment is overwhelming in the best way because it's so much bigger than any of us," Spencer added. “It's about love.”
Watch the performance of “Love My Hair” below.