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Kacey Lee Musgraves

(1988-08-21) August 21, 1988 (age 30)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Ruston Kelly (m. 2017)
Musical career
Origin Mineola, Texas, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • mandolin
  • harmonica
  • banjo
  • guitar
Years active2008–present
Website kaceymusgraves.com

Kacey Lee Musgraves (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She has won six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards and three Academy of Country Music Awards. Musgraves self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. In 2008, she recorded two singles for Triple Pop in Austin, Texas. [2] [3]

Country Music Association Awards music award

The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards or CMAs, are presented to country music artists and broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement in the country music industry. The televised annual presentation ceremony features performances and award presentations by popular country music artists, with occasional appearances from pop and rock artists.

Academy of Country Music Awards award

The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry's accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The Academy's signature "hat" trophy was first created in 1968. The awards were first televised in 1972 on ABC. In 1979, the Academy joined with Dick Clark Productions to produce the show. Dick Clark and Al Schwartz served as producers while Gene Weed served as director. Under their guidance, the show moved to NBC and finally to CBS, where it remains today.

USA Network American pay television channel

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She later signed to Mercury Nashville in 2012 and released her critically acclaimed debut album Same Trailer Different Park in 2013, winning the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. The album's lead single "Merry Go 'Round" won her the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It also featured the platinum certified single "Follow Your Arrow" which won her the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year. In 2015, she released her second studio album Pageant Material (2015) which also received critical acclaim and a Best Country Album Grammy nomination. [4] [5] Musgraves also released a Christmas-themed album, A Very Kacey Christmas in 2016. [6]

Universal Music Group Nashville is Universal Music Group's country music subsidiary. Some of the labels in this group include MCA Nashville Records, Mercury Nashville Records, Lost Highway Records, Capitol Records Nashville and EMI Records Nashville. UMG Nashville not only handles these imprints, but also manages the country music catalogues of record labels Universal Music and predecessor companies acquired over the years including ABC Records, Decca Records, Dot Records, DreamWorks Records, Kapp Records, MGM Records and Polydor Records.

<i>Same Trailer Different Park</i> 2013 studio album by Kacey Musgraves

Same Trailer Different Park is the major label debut album by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves, released on March 19, 2013, through Mercury Nashville. Musgraves co-wrote all 12 tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Grammy Award for Best Country Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality albums in the country music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Her fourth studio album Golden Hour (2018) was released to widespread critical acclaim and won all four of its nominated Grammy Awards categories, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album. [7] The album's first two singles, "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy", won Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, respectively. [8] Golden Hour also won the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, making Musgraves only the 6th artist to win all three major Album of the Year (Grammy, CMA and ACM) awards for the same album as well as the 2nd artist to win the Grammy, CMA, ACM and all-genre Grammy Album of the Year. [9]

<i>Golden Hour</i> (album) 2018 studio album by Kacey Musgraves

Golden Hour is the fourth studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves, released on March 30, 2018, through MCA Nashville. Musgraves co-wrote all 13 tracks and co-produced the album with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Award to the artist(s), and to the album producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s), and mastering engineer(s) if other than the artist.

"Space Cowboy" was released, along with “Butterflies,” as a single from American country singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves' third studio album Golden Hour.

Early life

Kacey Lee Musgraves was born August 21, 1988, [10] [11] [12] [13] in Golden, Texas, to Craig and Karen (née Abrams) Musgraves. Craig is the owner of a small printing business, M-Prints Printing, Inc., in Carthage, Texas, and Karen Musgraves is an artist. Musgraves has stated that she was born six weeks prematurely and weighed only 5 pounds. Musgraves has one younger sister, Kelly Christine Sutton (née Musgraves), who is a photographer. [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]

Golden, Texas unincorporated community in Texas, United States

Golden is an unincorporated community in Wood County, Texas, at the intersection of Farm to Market Roads 1799 and 779 off U.S. Highway 69 approximately four miles northwest of the city of Mineola, in the southwestern section of Wood County.

Carthage, Texas City in Texas, United States

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She began songwriting at the age of 8, when she wrote a song called "Notice Me" for her elementary school graduation. [18] She first learned to play music on the mandolin, then at age 12 started taking guitar lessons from a local musician named John DeFoore, which she later described as "one of the most important things that ever happened to me." [18]

Mandolin musical instrument in the lute family (plucked, or strummed)

A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum. It commonly has four courses of doubled metal strings tuned in unison, although five and six course versions also exist. The courses are typically tuned in a succession of perfect fifths, with the same tuning as a violin. It is the soprano member of a family that includes the mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass.

Musgraves' mother would take her to local music festivals to sing western swing music, [20] and her family funded her first self-released album. She graduated from Mineola High School in 2006, and moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 18. [18]

Mineola High School is a public high school located in Mineola, Texas in southern Wood County and classified as a 3A school by the UIL. It is a part of the Mineola Independent School District and serves the city of Mineola and portions of unincorporated Wood County. Notable alumni include retired Admiral Bobby Inman and country music singer Kacey Musgraves. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

Austin, Texas Capital of Texas

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is also the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. As of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2018 estimate, Austin had a population of 964,254 up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,168,316 as of July 1, 2018. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long.


2008–2014: Early beginnings and Same Trailer Different Park

Musgraves was discovered professionally in 2008 while living in Austin by producer Monte Robison for his independent record label, Triple Pop. [21] Musgraves' two acoustic recordings for Triple Pop (covers of OneRepublic's "Apologize" and Miley Cyrus' "See You Again") are available on a digital EP released in 2012. [22] [23] “Apologize” (Acoustic Version) charted in the Billboard Hot Singles Chart at #23 on February 15, 2014, and racked up over 31,000,000 streams on Spotify. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary on March 30, 2018, Triple Pop released the “Acoustic Remixed” digital EP which featured newly remixed and remastered versions of the same recordings. [24]

Musgraves joined Lady Antebellum on the European leg of their Own the Night Tour in 2012. [25] She also signed with Mercury Nashville in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round". The song is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park , produced and co-written by Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and released on March 19, 2013. [26]

Musgraves also co-wrote Miranda Lambert's 2013 single "Mama's Broken Heart". Same Trailer Different Park produced additional hit singles in "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow". Rolling Stone magazine listed "Follow Your Arrow" at number 39 of its list of 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and said that Musgraves was "one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values." [27]

"Undermine", a song co-written by Musgraves and Trent Dabbs, was featured in the television series Nashville on October 17, 2012. [28] [29]

Musgraves was nominated for four awards at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. Her first studio album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at number 2, selling 42,000 copies. [30]

Musgraves was also nominated for four Grammy Awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, tying Taylor Swift and Lorde for the most nominations received by a woman that year. Those nominations included Best New Artist, Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), and Best Country Song for both "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Merry Go 'Round". [31] "Merry Go 'Round" won the Best Country Song Grammy award, and Same Trailer Different Park won in Best Country Album. [32]

Musgraves joined Katy Perry on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour as well as Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss on select dates during their tour. Musgraves provided backing vocals for "Bourbon in Kentucky", the lead single on Dierks Bentley's 2013 album Riser . [33]

In April 2014, Musgraves won the Academy of Country Music award for album of the year for Same Trailer Different Park. [34] In June 2014, she released a new song called The Trailer Song, which she debuted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. [35]

Same Trailer Different Park was certified gold in August 2014 for selling over 500,000 copies. [36] Musgraves' single "Follow Your Arrow" was also certified gold, and "Merry Go Round" was certified platinum. [36]

2015–2017: Pageant Material and A Very Kacey Christmas

Musgraves performing at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in September 2016 Kacey Musgraves 2016.jpg
Musgraves performing at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in September 2016

Musgraves announced in late August 2014 that she would perform a ten-show headlining tour, titled Same Tour Different Trailer, which started on September 25 and ended on October 19. [37]

In September 2014, Musgraves said that she had begun writing songs for her second major label album, and planned to work with Luke Laird and Shane MacAnally later in the year after her touring schedule finished. [38] "Biscuits," the lead single from the album, was released on March 16, 2015.

Pageant Material , Musgraves' second studio album, was released on June 23, 2015. To support the album, Musgraves performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (June 9, 2015), Late Night with Seth Meyers (June 10, 2015), Good Morning America (June 23, 2015), The View (June 24, 2015), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (September 14, 2015), The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (January 8, 2016), and The Late Late Show with James Corden (April 6, 2016). [39] [40] [41] [42]

Musgraves was featured on a remix of Miguel's single "Waves", released on February 26, 2016. [43]

On September 7, 2016, Musgraves announced the release of her first Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas . The album, which features eight traditional and four original songs, was released on October 28, 2016, through Mercury Nashville. [6] In support of the album, Musgraves embarked on a Christmas-themed tour, complete with a strings section, an accordion, bass, saxophone, clarinet and backup singers. [44]

In September 2016, Musgraves was selected as one of 30 country music artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "On the Road Again", and "I Will Always Love You". The song celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards [45] and secured Musgraves her first No. 1 country single. [46]

In 2017, Musgraves provided backing vocals on "All the Best", a John Prine cover, for Zac Brown Band's album Welcome Home. [47] Also in 2017, Musgraves was featured on Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings . Originally recorded for TV, it later was released on CD and DVD. During the broadcast, Musgraves performed Jennings' song "The Wurlitzer Prize". [48] Musgraves appeared on the June 21, 2017, episode of Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry to receive a psychic reading and connect with her grandmother, Barbara Taylor, to learn more details about her death in a house fire. [49] Musgraves has said that her song "This Town", from the album Pageant Material, is about her grandmother, and that her voice appears in the opening of the song. [50] [51]

2018–present: Golden Hour

In October 2017, Musgraves posted a picture of herself on Twitter indicating she was in the studio writing new songs for her upcoming third studio album. [52] On December 12, 2017, Musgraves announced the title of her third studio album Golden Hour through Entertainment Weekly. [53] The songs "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy" were released as the first singles from the album on February 23, 2018. [54] In March, Musgraves headlined the 2018 C2C: Country to Country festival in London after playing the festival in 2016. [55]

Musgraves premiered "High Horse", the third song from the album, on March 22, 2018, on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Apple Radio show. [56] On March 29, 2018, she performed "Slow Burn" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. [57] Golden Hour was released on March 30, 2018, on MCA Nashville. [58] On May 12, 2018, Musgraves was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "High Horse" and "Slow Burn". Through June and July, Musgraves was the opening act on the second North American leg of Harry Styles: Live on Tour. [59] In September, Musgraves appeared on a rerecorded version of "There's No Gettin' Over Me" with Ronnie Milsap for his 2019 duet album. [60] On October 2, 2018, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as the musical guest. [61] In October 2018, Musgraves embarked on the "Oh, What a World Tour" in support of Golden Hour. [55] The tour began in Oslo, Norway on October 13. In February 2019, Golden Hour won Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The same month, Musgraves released "Rainbow" as the fifth single from the album. [62] In April, Musgraves featured on a newly recorded version of "Neon Moon" with Brooks & Dunn for their duet album Reboot . [63] She also made a cameo appearance as herself in the country music drama film Wild Rose , released in April. [64]



Musgraves lists Alison Krauss as one of her career role models, stating "I mean, how many Grammys does she have? She's just remained solid and true and great, and I respect that". [65] Musgraves' favorite artist is John Prine. [66]

Musgraves also lists Lee Ann Womack as one of her childhood influences: "Lee Ann Womack is from near where I grew up in east Texas so I've always looked up to her." [67] Speaking of both Prine and Womack, 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".

Of her sophomore album, Musgraves listed albums by Glen Campbell, Bobbie Gentry, Marty Robbins, Charley Pride, Roger Miller and Jim Croce as influences [68] and an interview with Rolling Stone Country cited Ray Price, Julie Miller and Loretta Lynn. [69]

In a Billboard interview, Musgraves said that she is a Dolly Parton fan, saying “Beauty, sex appeal, brains, wit, humor, beautiful songwriting, meaningful songwriting, no apologies for who she is, LGBTQ advocate long before it was even a thing or trendy or whatever". “She's fearless and I admire her spirit a lot and she's very kind. She's very present when you're talking to her and I just really love her so much.” [70]

Non-country artists that Musgraves has mentioned as influences include Ryan Adams, Cake, Neil Young, Weezer, Imogen Heap, The Bee Gees and Electric Light Orchestra. [71]

Lyrical themes and style

Musgraves is known for her progressive lyrics in the conservative country music genre. Her music has tackled controversial topics such as LGBT acceptance, safe sexual intercourse, recreational marijuana use, and questioning religious sentiment. [72]

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Musgraves talked about criticism she faced for her rebellious lyrics. "I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap," she said. "The things I'm singing about are not controversial to me, I don't push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through." [73]

Personal life

In 2014, in an interview with ABC Radio, Musgraves said she had been in a relationship with her bandmate Misa Arriaga for several years after becoming friends first. [74]

Musgraves eventually met Ruston Kelly at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. In May 2016, they had a songwriting date, and they began dating shortly after. Musgraves stated that the song "Butterflies" from her album Golden Hour is about her courtship with Kelly. [15] [75] On December 24, 2016, Musgraves became engaged to Kelly. [76] They married on October 14, 2017 in Tennessee. [77]



Opening act

Awards and nominations

Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music Awards is an annual country music awards show, the first ever created, established in 1966. Musgraves has won three times.

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2013Best Female VocalistHerselfNominated
Best New Female Vocalist of the YearNominated
Music Video of the Year"Merry Go 'Round"Nominated
2014Best Female VocalistHerselfNominated
Album of the Year Same Trailer Different Park Won
Song of the Year"Mama's Broken Heart" (as songwriter)Nominated
Video of the Year"Blowin' Smoke"Nominated
2016"Biscuits"Nominated [91]
Female Vocalist of the YearHerselfNominated
2017Nominated [92]
2019Won [93] [94]
International Achievement AwardWon
Album of the Year Golden Hour Won
Song of the Year"Space Cowboy"Nominated

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual major American music award show by the American Broadcasting Company, presented since 1973.

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2014 Favorite Country Female Artist HerselfNominated

Americana Music Honors & Awards

The Americana Music Honors & Awards were established by the Americana Music Association to celebrate the best releases in Americana music

YearAwardNominated workResultRef.
2016Song of the Year"Dime Store Cowgirl"Nominated [95]
2019Artist the YearKacey MusgravesPending [96]

Country Music Association Awards

The Country Music Association Awards is an annual country music awards show, established in 1967. Musgraves has won five times.

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2013 Female Vocalist of the Year HerselfNominated
New Artist of the YearWon
Album of the Year Same Trailer Different Park Nominated
Song of the Year"Mama's Broken Heart"(as songwriter)Nominated
"Merry Go 'Round"Nominated
Single of the YearNominated
2014 Song of the Year"Follow Your Arrow"Won
Video of the YearNominated
Female Vocalist of the Year HerselfNominated
2015 Nominated [97]
Album of the Year Pageant Material Nominated
Video of the Year"Biscuits"Nominated
2016 Female Vocalist of the Year HerselfNominated [98] [99]
International Achievement AwardWon
2018 Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [100]
Album of the Year Golden Hour Won
2019International Achievement AwardHerselfWon

CMT Music Awards

The CMT Music Awards is an annual ceremony dedicated exclusively to honor country music videos. It was established in 1967.

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2013 Breakthrough Video of the Year"Merry Go 'Round"Nominated
Female Video of the YearNominated
2014Video of the Year"Follow Your Arrow"Nominated
Female Video of the YearNominated
2016"Biscuits"Nominated [101]
2019Video of the Year"Rainbow"Nominated [102]
Female Video of the Year"Space Cowboy"Nominated

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is presented since 1958. Musgraves has been nominated nine times and won six awards.

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2014 Best New Artist HerselfNominated [103]
Best Country Song "Mama's Broken Heart"Nominated
"Merry Go 'Round"Won
Best Country Album Same Trailer Different Park Won
2016 Pageant Material Nominated [104]
2019 Golden Hour Won [105]
Album of the Year Won
Best Country Song "Space Cowboy"Won
Best Country Solo Performance "Butterflies"Won

Other awards

2013 American Country Awards New Artist of the YearHerselfNominated
Song of the Year"Mama's Broken Heart"Nominated
"Merry Go 'Round"Nominated
Music Video by a New ArtistNominated
2016UK Americana Awards [106] International Album of the YearPageant MaterialNominated
People's Choice Awards [107] Favorite Female Country ArtistHerselfNominated
2015AllMusic Year in ReviewFavorite Country AlbumPageant MaterialWon
2016A Very Kacey ChristmasWon
2018Billboard Women in MusicInnovator AwardHerselfWon
2018Apple MusicAlbum of The YearGolden HourWon
2019 iHeart Radio Music Awards Best Cover Song"You're Still the One" (with Harry Styles)Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Female ArtistHerselfNominated
Teen Choice Awards [108] Choice Country ArtistHerselfPending
Choice Country SongRainbowPending

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"Rainbow" is a song recorded by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves. It was released in February 2019 as the fifth single from Musgraves' third studio album Golden Hour. Musgraves co-wrote the song with Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby. Its release coincided with her performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.


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