Kacey Musgraves has enjoyed massive success with her critically-acclaimed third studio album Golden Hour, for which she has received four Grammy nominations at the impending 2019 Grammy Awards, which is being held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles this year in just a few days, on Feb. 10.
Not only is Musgraves nominated in the coveted Album of the Year category (in an eclectic mix of nominees including Cardi B for Invasion of Privacy, H.E.R. for H.E.R., and Post Malone for Beerbongs & Bentleys), she’ll also hit the Grammy stage to perform as part of a special tribute to 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Dolly Parton, along with a solo number.
Musgraves is already a two-time Grammy winner and guested on Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast in a special Grammy Preview episode. The Texas native singer-songwriter discussed her album, including being nominated for the night’s biggest honor, during her visit.
In addition to feeling like being nominated in the top category “really is just a huge honor,” Musgraves noted how pop culture, particularly art and music, correlates with the current state of the political and social landscape. She said she feels like “people are inspired again for the first time,” even though the last couple of years have been rather “chaotic.”
She also praised the other album nominees saying, “I just think that everyone is great in the category, and it's very diverse. I think that's really rad, and it just makes me feel like my hard work is paying off. It just reinforces the fact that songs are songs and it doesn't matter what genre you step out of; people just want to connect. That's the main takeaway from that, whether I win or not."
Musgraves is one of several females nominated in the Album of the Year category, which is a notable achievement after last year’s ceremony received backlash for the lack of female nominees in the top categories and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow’s charge for female artists to “step up.”
She talked about the significance of the obvious change this year, heading into the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. "I think it's really exciting to see the music industry as a whole moving toward fairness, but I also think that women are creating better music. It's a combination of both," Musgraves said. "It takes women to have the balls to be unique enough to be noticed, but it takes somebody to notice and to be fair about that. I think it's kind of a bipartisan growth. It's happening."
Kacey Musgraves is also nominated for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy.” She previously won a Grammy for Best Country Album in 2013 for her major label debut album Same Trailer Different Park. The lead track from the album, “Merry Go Round,” won the Grammy for Best Country Song the same year.
She has been busy touring to support her album and opened for British heartthrob Harry Styles on his debut solo tour.
Musgraves is slated to be part of the star-studded lineup at RODEOHOUSTON on Feb. 25 in Houston, Texas (Tickets). She is also touring on the Oh, What a World Tour in 2019, including a stop at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas on March 8 (Tickets) and a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on June 26 (Tickets).
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