After sweeping the Grammy Awards last week, country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves returned to L.A. for two nights of her Oh, What a World Tour. Night no. 1 took place on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, at the Ace Hotel Theatre. She spread the love while celebrating her big wins with the sold-out crowd. The turnt-up country concert was all the more enjoyable with Musgraves' candid and outspoken charm that she's known for in the genre.
On Feb. 10, Musgraves cleaned house at the Grammy Awards, winning in all four categories that she was nominated, including the coveted Album of the Year. Her first concert in L.A. since then started off late around 10:10 p.m. She emerged in a sparkling red dress with guitar in-hand and said, "I know this is a little bit of a later show, so I'm going to need you guys to wake the f**k up." Talking about a particular awards ceremony, Musgraves added, "I don't know. Maybe you heard, but this past week has been pretty f**king awesome so I wanna celebrate with you guys. Let's celebrate together!" She followed with a soaring performance of "Butterflies" from her Grammy-winning Golden Hour album.
With only a giant hand-fan on stage like from the Golden Hour album art, Musgraves had no other frills around but herself and her band. The crowd was completely captivated and at her every command. When singing the sentimental "Merry Go 'Round" about her hometown in Texas, she pointed her microphone at the audience and the fans fully sang back to her. Musgraves was clearly beaming performing the song "Golden Hour," which was inspired by her marriage to fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly. Jokingly, she blurted out at the end, "Golden shower." Musgraves unfiltered personality is what makes her stand out in country music. In the middle of a heavenly "High Time," she referenced a marijuana-laced treat, saying, "How do those edibles feel?"
Speaking of Kelly, he joined Musgraves onstage for their duet "To June This Morning." They shared a smooch then performed the Johnny Cash poem in one of the night's most heartwarming moments. "This album wouldn't have been made without him," she said. Musgraves also delivered a truly wonderful performance of "Oh, What a World" with a full band. The magic of that song came to life. Golden Hour is also known for its pop-leaning dance tracks and when those came on, she turned the place into a party. "When I say yee, you say haw!" she yelled before launching into "Velvet Elvis." The disco-influenced "High Horse" had the crowd up, on their feet and moving like Studio 54.
Since launching her career with 2013's Same Trailer Different Park album, Musgraves has been changing the face of country music. Before singing the LGBTQ-empowering "Follow Your Arrow," she said, "I know country music is not the most inclusive of environments, but it's really rad to see that f**king change." Musgraves had nothing but love that Valentine's Day. "Text your mother 'I Love You' and spread some positivity," she added. "Where are the millennials at?" Musgraves later asked while getting down to a glorious cover of *NSYNC's "Tearin' Up My Heart" with opening act Soccer Mommy. The LGBTQ ally really jumped out when she brought out "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" winners Trinity the Tuck and Monét X Change for night no. 2.
After spending a night in Musgraves' rainbow-hued world, it was easy to see why she swept the Grammy Awards with the Golden Hour album. Like a positive and progressive ray of light, she shined with all her true colors coming out for one of country music's most lit concerts.
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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE x OH, WHAT A WORLD: TOUR 💜 Thanks for stopping by last night, Queens! and CONDRAGULATIONS pic.twitter.com/n7UkWPPbUH— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) February 16, 2019