Lainey Wilson Testifies Before Congress, Why?

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Country star Lainey Wilson testified before the United States Congress on February 2, 2024. Why was the Grammy nominee in D.C.? Keep reading for all the details.

Lainey Wilson Could Win First Grammy

Lainey Wilson made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2020. Her career has exploded in the four years since. Her breakout hit “Things a Man Oughta Know” dropped that summer.

She released the album, Bell Bottom Country, in 2022 and quickly saw multiple songs rise on the charts. In the summer of 2023, she broke attendance records while performing at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.

A few months later, she dominated the CMA Awards with five wins, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year.

Will her hot streak continue this weekend at the 2024 Grammy Awards? The “Watermelon Moonshine” singer is nominated for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Jelly Roll on his song “Save Me.”

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Both Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson are first-time nominees. Tune in to CBS at 8 PM Eastern on Sunday, February 4, to see if they take home the top prize.

Lainey Wilson Testifies Before Congress

In addition to her success in country music, Lainey Wilson had a small role in the hugely popular television show Yellowstone.

However, she stepped outside the entertainment industry this week to attend an important session of Congress. The “Heart Like a Truck” singer was one of the artists at the House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet field.

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Lainey Wilson speaks before Congress/Credit: YouTube

Lainey Wilson was there to specifically talk about AI and how it could have a negative impact on the arts. “Our identities represent years of work to hone our craft and make a livelihood out of our passion,” she said about creating music.

The singer vehemently spoke out against the lax guidelines surrounding AI. “AI-generated music and video — using an artist’s unique identity to perform in questionable settings or to sing lyrics that they would never write or express that does not truly reflect who they are — is unacceptable.”

Wilson continued, “It is a personal violation that threatens a person’s dignity and can put at risk everything that they have worked so hard to accomplish.”

She’s not the first artist to speak out about AI. Garth Brooks previously stated that the capabilities of AI are “scary.”

According to The Hill, Lainey Wilson’s concerns extended beyond music. She spoke out about the increasing use of AI to create sexual images without consent. Twitter recently had to turn off searches for “Taylor Swift” after sexual AI images of the singer were circulated on the social media platform.

Watch Lainey Wilson’s full testimony before Congress and sound off in the comments whether you agree with her about the dangers of AI.

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