We’ve already added tons of beautiful photos of Kacey Musgraves to our photo gallery from tonight’s CMT Awards! Keep checking back throughout the night to see updates on the show, including Kacey’s performance, along with more pictures!
Kacey Musgraves performed Alan Jackson’s song “Livin’ On Love” with Lee Ann Womack! Photos of her performance have been added below along with the video! She later presented an award with Keith Urban to Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan for Collab of the Year! Kacey didn’t win Female Video of the Year – it went to Miranda. But congratulations, Miranda!
Aww, this interview makes me happy. The amazing country singer Deana Carter was asked about her experience in writing with Kacey recently. The two had a great time and apparently wrote some awesome stuff! Deana had nothing but nice things to say about Kacey, which is why I think you’ll enjoy reading this. ♥
Thanks to Deana Carter, I still have days when I think to myself, “Did I shave my legs for this?” That song of hers, from her 1996 debut album of the same name, was everything I was loving about country music back then. I mean, what woman couldn’t relate to that moment when you think, “It’s perfectly clear, between the TV and beer, I won’t get so much as a kiss”?
So I’m thrilled Carter is back to making music and writing with some of the other insightful poets in country music, including Kimberly Perry and Kacey Musgraves.
This is how Carter described her writing session with Musgraves, in a story in American Songwriter magazine.
“When I sat with her and watched how she played guitar — she had such open tunings and cool ideas — I was like, ‘I used to be that way. I used to just not worry about it and just create,'” Carter said. “It was so refreshing to be with her and do that.”
One of the songs that came out of that session is “That’s Just Me,” which Carter says has Dolly Parton roots to it.
“It talks about the roots of who we are and making the best of a situation,” Carter said. “The lyric says, ‘It’s not the crown that makes the queen.’ Just cool little lyrics that now, seeing her whole career and how she writes and us together, it was just a real good match. It was serendipity.”
But the best story within this story is the one where Carter talks about how fast some of the songs came for her and Musgraves.
“That first writing appointment, we got the song done in, like, two hours. So we were going, ‘OK, we can make happy hour,'” Carter recalled. “There were some other people writing in the building, and we were giving them grief because we had just gone in and written our song and they were struggling. That first one was just a gift. We hit it off. She liked me, I loved her, we sat and wrote, and it was done. I thought, ‘This is it.'”
No word on whether the two actually made it to a happy hour or not.
Kacey begins the new year with 4 Grammy nominations, which is so awesome! I can’t wait to watch! Just a reminder: The Grammys will air on January 26th at 8pm EST on CBS! Here’s the article from CMT below:
Kacey Musgraves, we need to talk, sister!
As the year winds down and the country darling deservingly lands atop pretty much every “best of” list for 2013, I’m dying for another sit-down with the star to get a follow-up to her quote from this past spring.
“It’s weird just being inside of it, you know?” she said. “It’s kinda sometimes hard to get perspective on everything around me exactly because so many things are happening so fast.”
At the time of this quote and conversation, it was April 2013. Musgraves and I were chatting in Las Vegas at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where the buzz was all about a heartbreakingly raw and honest tune called “Merry Go ‘Round” and the no-nonsense, earnest wordsmith behind the song. Musgraves was attending the show that night with her very first nomination for female vocalist of the year even before her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, had been released.
And when I say there was a buzz about Musgraves and the song, I mean an overwhelming buzz — a buzz that was perhaps a little too overwhelming for the singer-songwriter to absorb at that particular moment. At the time, she admitted there was so much excitement, it was hard to get an accurate perspective on how much her career and life were changing. But it was a whirlwind experience she wouldn’t trade for anything.
She told me during that interview, “I wanna be in this game for a long time and to be knocking out so many firsts on my bucket list so early on … it’s daunting a little bit. But it’s really cool, and I couldn’t be more thankful. … It’s just a little like, ‘Whoa!'”
Since our conversation in Las Vegas, Same Trailer Different Park hit No. 1 on the country albums chart. Musgraves rounded out a wildly-successful tour with Kenny Chesney, embarked on her first headlining tour and was invited by pop superstar Katy Perry to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. She charged into the CMA Awards this year with a whopping six total nominations — tying with Taylor Swift as the most-nominated artist. Musgraves took home the best new artist trophy.
Rolling Stone, the Hollywood Reporter and NPR have all named her to their best albums lists this year — and now Musgraves heads into 2014 with four Grammy nominations.
Is it everything she thought it would be? I certainly hope so. She’s worked hard to forge her own way in this business. I’m dying to get her perspective on all that has happened.