How awesome is this!? Our favorite Kacey Musgraves is set to hit the stage at the Grammys, which air January 26th! Be sure to stay tuned to Kacey-Musgraves.net on the night of the Grammys for the updates and photos of Kacey’s arrival, performance, and press photos.
Kacey Musgraves had a big year in 2014, and she’s starting off 2014 with a bang, too — with a performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards!
The 56th annual Grammy Awards are shaping up to be quite the country music party, much to the delight of fans. Musgraves is among the just-released names of performers, but there are many other country stars booked to hit the stage too. The 2014 Grammys will bring an exciting collaboration with Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson. Plus, Keith Urban will perform!
Taylor Swift was also previously announced as part of the lineup, which includes other superstars such as John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and a duet between Sara Bareilles and Carole King.
Although some artists — like seven-time Grammy winner Swift and Urban — have previous experience showing off their talent during the biggest night in all of music, this is Musgraves’ first time on the Grammy stage. Nevertheless, she has an impressive four nods! They include Best New Artist, Best Country Album, plus two nominations in Best Country Song for ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ and ‘Merry Go ‘Round.’
Will Musgraves rule the Grammys, or will Swift be a big winner? They’re up for four Grammys each, and the competition is tight!
The 2014 Grammys will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 26, airing on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8PM ET.
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 is set to headline a show at Barrymore Theatre on February 8th! Read more below.
Following a breakout year in 2013, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves will headline a show at the Barrymore Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Tickets for the show are $23.50 will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. through the Barrymore Theatre and its outlets along with Ticketmaster and its outlets, by phone at 241-8633, or online at barrymorelive.com or ticketmaster.com.
Musgraves’s “Same Trailer Different Year” rocked the country world with its mix of charismatic country-pop hits and direct, unvarnished looks at small-town blue-collar life. The album hit #1 on the country album charts, garnered four Grammy nominations for Musgraves, and landed on many album-of-the-year lists, including both Rolling Stone and NPR.
NPR’s Ann Powers said, “Pop needs this dose of the everyday again, and Musgraves, with her unpretentious voice — which makes you utterly trust her and her commitment to bringing complicated emotions into the light — is bringing it.”
“Merry Go ‘Round” is featured on the 2014 Grammy Nominees album. The album hits stores and digital retailers Jan. 21st. Click here for more info and don’t forget to tune in to the The GRAMMYs Jan. 26th!
Semi-finalists have been announced for the ACM’s New Artist of the Year award! We, the fans, get to vote for this! Voting begins Tuesday, January 21st at VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM! Make sure to vote for Kacey Musgraves!
The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country announced today that for the sixth consecutive year, the newcomer category for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be voted on by the fans through VoteACM.com and GACtv.com/ACM, beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
The Academy of Country Music once again combined all newcomer categories into a single, overall category for New Artist of the Year. The New Artist of the Year award absorbs all newcomer categories including New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, and New Vocal Duo or Group categories from past years, and the winner will be revealed on the LIVE telecast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
The top eight (8) artists from the first round of ACM professional voting are considered semi-finalists and will compete via the Great American Country fan vote at GACtv.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the final 3 nominees for the award. The final 3 nominees will compete for the trophy, with a combined fan and professional membership vote to determine the winner.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR semi-finalists are:
First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year will begin at www.VoteACM.com and www.GACTV.com/ACM on Tuesday, Jan. 21tst at 12Noon ET, and will close on Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 3pm ET. The final three nominees will be announced in the coming weeks and will move on to compete in the final round of voting for the New Artist category at VoteACM.com. Final round fan voting begins on Monday, March 24th and will close on April 6th, with the winner being announced live during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on Sunday, April 6th at 8p ET/PT.
As part of this partnership, Great American Country will air several stand-alone specials; the first special “ACM Showcase” will feature all eight semi-finalists in the New Artist of the Year category. This special will premiere Monday, January 21st at 8pm EST on Great American Country and will re-air through February 4th when voting closes. The second Great American Country special, “ACM New Artist of the Year” will feature interviews and exclusive performances as the final 3 nominees for New Artist of the Year head to Las Vegas. That special premieres Monday, March 24th at 8pm EST and airs through April 6th.
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.
Here’s something interesting! “Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey’s newest single, almost didn’t make it onto her album Same Trailer Different Park. I’m glad it did!
Kacey Musgraves‘ ‘Same Trailer, Different Park’ was almost released without its cornerstone song, ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ But the track made it onto the album just in time, after a last-minute January writing session.
“The record was basically done, and I was getting a lot of pressure because there were already a lot of great songs in the batch,” Musgraves says in an interview with Billboard. “But [co-writers] Brandy [Clark], Shane [McAnally] and I had these ideas, and they just really encapsulated where my head was at. I knew exactly what I wanted to do sonically, and I said, ‘This isn’t a complete record without them.’”
Luckily, the song was finished in time and a complete record was released. ‘Follow Your Arrow’ has been a groundbreaking country song — introducing the industry to some new ideas and helping make country more mainstream.
“It’s been much more embraced by the media and radio than even we were expecting,” Musgraves’ manager, Jason Owen, tells Billboard. “It’s just the first time in a long time that someone’s lyrically said the things Kacey says.”
“It’s not a gay song. We were just trying to list people that might have felt like underdogs at some point in their lives,” McAnally adds. “Sure, gay people have felt that way, but also fat people, or people who get outcasted at their churches for teenage pregnancy, or people who might smoke weed. Also, Brandy and I quickly realized the only word we could rhyme with ‘point’ was ‘joint.’”
‘Follow Your Arrow’ is already in the Top 40, and Musgraves has acquired some big name fans in mainstream music. Katy Perry invited her to perform at her We Can Survive benefit in October, and the duo held a songwriting session recently, which Musgraves calls “an awesome experience.”
Musgraves is embarking on Lady Antebellum‘s tour in 2014 before hopping through shows in Europe and Asia.
Kacey shares with us a fun game she plays with her grandfather every Christmas. Enjoy the snippet below.
Kacey Musgraves may be forging her own path in country music as the CMA New Artist of the Year, but when it comes to the holidays, she’s all about tradition. And one of her favorites revolves around someone very special — her grandfather.
Every year, the ‘Follow Your Arrow’ singer follows a scavenger hunt set by her Grandpa in order to snatch up her Christmas present.
“My Grandpa has a scavenger hunt puzzle that he does every year,” she dishes. “Even though I’m like too old for the puzzle, he’s like, ‘You’re still gonna do it.’ So, every year we do that, and it’s funny ‘cause sometimes you’ll find your present in the bathroom or in a tree or out behind the shed.”
Of course, Musgraves’ family game is not just any scavenger hunt — it’s pretty inventive. “He does a little trail of like either corn or a string to it,” the newcomer adds. “It’s very imaginative, and it’s something I look forward to every year. It’s a little tradition.”
In addition to scavenging her way to her presents, Musgraves loves one other holiday tradition — and this one is more traditional.
“Stockings. I love stockings,” she admits. “They’re kinda my favorite, ‘cause it’s like all the little goodies in there just are fun.”
While she loves the little goodies, the rising star has definitely received lots of big goodies in the form of country music success in 2013. Yep, this year has definitely seen her star rise, and we expect even bigger and better things from her in the year to come.