An Album of the Year Grammy is just another notch in the belt of Kacey Musgraves colorful career that redefines what “country” music is and can be, but she’s been crushing boundaries in country and pop music well before her well-deserved 2019 AOTY Grammy.
Her latest record, Golden Hour was influenced by everything from psychedelics to asking the question, “What would it sound like if Sade made a country record?” Kacey’s sound has been evolving as quickly as her meteoric rise beyond small-town stardom.
When she broke through in 2013 with Same Trailer, Different Park she was instantly recognized as one of music’s most original new voices in years; she was named “New Artist of the Year” by the Country Music Association From the “unintentional anthem” in ‘Follow Your Arrow,’ whose lyrics about LGBTQ acceptance were a comparatively progressive wave in country music to Golden Hour’s “High Horse” incorporating disco beats, Kacey has drawn influences from everyone from John Prine to The Bee Gees. Musgraves stated that “if I could sing it like Lee Ann would and say it like John would, then I feel like I’ve gotten somewhere.”
She’s become a fashion icon for her concert wardrobe, which will be featured amongst music memorabilia at the Country Music Hall of Fame in an exhibit next year. Lately, she’s been covering tunes like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “I Will Survive” at her live shows. Whether you’re looking forward to her outfit or setlist, she’s going to be unmissable at this year’s OL.