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Taylor York, Hayley Williams and Zac Farro of Paramore; Allison Russell
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After Republicans in the Tennessee state legislature blocked a resolution honoring Black singer and Grammy winner Allison Russell while approving a resolution to honor the band Paramore, the band rejected the honor and called out the GOP's "blatant racism."

The controversy emerged when State Representative Justin Jones—a Democrat from Nashville best known as one of the "Tennessee Three" who was nearly permanently expelled for participating in a protest against gun violence—proposed resolutions to recognize Paramore and Allison Russell for their Grammy Awards.

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