Country star Musgraves glows with ‘Golden Hour’


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Thirty-year-old Kacey Musgraves performs “High Horse” on Saturday Night Live on May 13.

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With the creative addition of pop and synthesizers to traditional country music, Kacey Musgraves forges her own style in a music genre notorious for gathering mixed feelings in recent years.

During the 61st Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, her album “Golden Hour” took home the Album of the Year and Best Country Album awards and her sappy single “Butterflies” won Best Country Solo Performance. Musgraves’ “Space Cowboy” received the award for Best Country Song. “Golden Hour” initially debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and also includes her singles “Rainbow” and “Slow Burn.”

Musgraves also paid homage to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez by performing “Como La Flor” at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 26, 24 years after Quintanilla-Pérez last performed there. It was a dream come true for her to be able to pay her respects to the popular Mexican-American artist through music, a love shared by both.

Born and raised in Texas, Musgraves started writing her own songs when she was 8-years-old with “Notice Me,” but she wouldn’t actually begin to make a profit until she was 18, and began recording demos. Initially, she learned to play the mandolin, but later took guitar lessons in her hometown – an instrumental decision in her life.

In 2013, Musgraves released “Same Trailer Different Park,” which went on to earn Best Country Album during the 56th Grammys and was certified gold for selling over 500,000 copies. She then released her second album, “Pageant Material” in 2015, which features cheery “Biscuits,” as well as a Christmas album, “A Very Kacey Christmas” in 2016.

While her songs have gathered an audience, she faces a lack of exposure on mainstream radio stations, likely due to her progressive lyrics, which don’t fit the mold of conservative country music.

As a staunch ally for the LGBT community, Musgraves also strives to include such themes in her music as well, which is rarely seen amongst other country songs. In her single, “Follow Your Arrow,” she sings “Kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into.” The song also makes a reference to recreational drug use.

She has long supported the show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which features a competition between drag queens, and even served as a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4.” She was joined by drag queens Trinity “the Tuck” Taylor and Monét X Change at her concert in Los Angeles during the season 4 finale and crowned the two of them.

Catch the magnificent Musgraves on her upcoming Oh, What a World tour or her set at Coachella later this April.