Kacey Musgraves’s four nominations for Sunday’s Grammy Awards speak to just how broad her appeal is. The country singer-songwriter is up for best new artist, in a field that also includes indie electronic artist James Blake, rapper Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and British pop singer Ed Sheeran.
Her latest release, “Same Trailer Different Park,” is nominated for best country album, and she has two nods in the category of best country song, for co-writing her own “Merry Go ’Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Miranda Lambert recorded.
Then, of course, there’s Musgraves’s touring schedule. After being on the road with country juggernaut Lady Antebellum, including a show at TD Garden on Jan. 31, Musgraves will join pop star Katy Perry as her opening act on a summer tour that brings them to the Garden on Aug. 1.
Not bad for a 25-year-old artist who self-released her first three albums.
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“It’s overwhelming in the best, most flattering way possible,” Musgraves told the Globe last week as the Grammys loomed.
Q. We’re getting closer to the big night. How are you feeling?
A. Oh, my gosh. I’m just beside myself that I’m even able to be there. I’m freaking out a little, but it’s a good freak-out. My mom is coming as my date.
Q. I don’t know if you have siblings, but that officially makes you the best child ever.
A. She’s never been to an awards show, so I figure this is a good place to start.
Q. What’s Mom going to wear?
A. She doesn’t know yet. My stylist is picking out some stuff for her. She’s never had her hair and makeup done either, so it’s going to be a really nice time for her.
Q. Where were you when you heard about the nominations?
A. I was in Milwaukee, onstage playing a show. Somebody in my camp told me in my in-ears that I had gotten a nomination. I was freaking out and told the crowd. It was the best way to end what was an insane year. It felt validating.
Q. Be honest: Have you written your acceptance speech yet?
A. No, I haven’t. I don’t usually write them. I like to play it by ear when I get up there. If I get to get up there, we’ll see if I can even get a word out. I’d much rather have musical notes coming out of my mouth than words.
Q. You’re going on the road with Katy Perry this summer. What’s your favorite song of hers?
A. Ooh, favorite Katy song? I like a lot of her new record, but I’ve been a fan for a while. She’s ballsy as a songwriter. I mean, “Teenage Dream” is the ultimate pop song. It’s so good – a little melancholy, but really pretty and kind of uplifting.
Q. Not every artist would fit on a lineup with both Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum. What does that say about your career?
A. Since I’ve started, I’ve told everybody that I’m just inspired by music. I love country music and want to continue making it, but most of all I just want to make good music. I’m inspired by so many other things. I just want to appeal to music lovers. I want to be able to play the CMA (Country Music Association) fest and then turn around and play Bonnaroo. I think I’ve been able to do that, and that’s been a dream of mine. All these different things have added to this big quilt I’ve been able to make.
What started as a comment from a friend’s mom has garnered country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. In an interview with Radio.com, the singer explained how “Merry Go ‘Round” was born and why she fought for it to become her first single.
“‘Merry Go ‘Round’ is a special one. It actually started out from something funny that one of my friend’s mom’s said,” she told Radio.com. “Shane McAnally, he’s one of the guys I wrote it with. His mom was talking about one of her neighbors down the street down in Texas and was saying, ‘Well, I don’t know if she’s selling Mary K or Mary Jane, or something down there. I don’t know what she’s doing.’ So it just made us laugh and as songwriters, we were like, ‘There’s definitely a song in there somewhere.’”
And that there was. Musgraves said that she and songwriters McAnally and Josh Osborne started playing around with all the different kinds of Mary’s that they could sing about.
“A deeper meaning came to life whenever we started really tossing the idea around. We’re all from small towns so we all can relate that way. It’s just a special song about life in general and the patterns that you get into. I feel like it’s something everyone can relate to.”
In an interview before her performance at Katy Perry‘s We Can Survive concert, Musgraves further explained her excitement at the way “Merry Go ‘Round” has resonated with so many.
“I had people all over, it didn’t matter if I was in Texas or if I was in Scotland or New York, people were coming up to me and just saying, ‘That is my life.’ I’ve realized it’s not a small town thing, it’s a life thing. We follow in our parent’s footsteps because that’s what we feel like we should do until we can figure out our own thing.”
Musgraves knew from the audience reaction night after night that “Merry Go ‘Round” had to be her first single.
“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. And, above all, that’s the reason we’re all doing this. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”
Musgraves is nominated for four GRAMMYs for Best Country Song for “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart,” as well as Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park.
Watch the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS to see if Musgraves takes home her first statue.
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“Merry Go ‘Round” may be the one vying for Best Country Song, but “Back on the Map” — off Same Trailer Different Park, in the Best Country Album category — demonstrates the quieter strengths of this tradition-tweaking Best New Artist candidate (who damn well better win something): It’s from the perspective of an outsider, but one longing to get back in.
Expect lots and lots of new for the rest of the month as Kacey gets some recognition for her GRAMMY nominations and being part of the Katy Perry Prismatic tour. We are so so excited for Kacey and what all this great stuff means for her future! ♥
I’ve never been to the Grammys. And neither has Kacey Musgraves. But that’s all about to change — for one of us, anyway.
Musgraves is heading out to Los Angeles for the big show on Jan. 26, and she gave People magazine some scoop on how she was going to prepare for her big night:
1. Bring the perfect date. For Musgraves, that will be her mom.
2. Bring your boyfriend. Luckily for Musgraves, her boyfriend Misa Arriaga already has his own ticket to the show because he’s in her band.
3. Have a good luck charm or two. Musgraves says hers is her boyfriend and her band. “We keep each other calm,” she told People.
4. Plan for a post-show celebration, win or lose. Her is to celebrate with “something bubbly.”
5. Prepare a speech. Or don’t. “I might have something prepared, but I’m sure it’ll go right out the window if I get a chance to speak,” Musgraves admitted.
6. Put comfort first. Musgraves says she has some ideas for what she might wear. “I’m pretty into textures, colors and cuts. And I always love a slightly retro vibe,” she says. But it sounds like she’ll make sure she feels good in whatever she wears. “Comfort doesn’t hurt either,” she said. “If you aren’t comfortable, it always shows.”
7. Remember the unforgettable performances. “Adele’s comeback a couple of years ago right after she had vocal surgery. She blew everyone away with her performance. She is flawless — what a voice,” Musgraves said of the Grammy moment that sticks in her mind.
Musgraves is nominated for four Grammys — best new artist, best country album, best country song for her own hit song “Merry Go ‘Round” and in the same category for Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
Kacey is also featured on Billboard’s website right now for the GRAMMY’s Best New Artist spotlight. Check it out here!
What awesome news! Kacey will be joining Katy Perry’s North American Prismatic Tour this year. But only for certain dates – read below for the full details.
Katy Perry is adding some high-profile support to the North American dates of her upcoming Prismatic World Tour. While Icona Pop will be opening for the songstress during her UK dates, she’ll be joined in the United States and Canada by Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan & Sara (covering three different regions as the tour moves through North America).
Capital Cities will tour with Perry from June 22 through August 7, covering East Coast shows; Kacey Musgraves joins on August 10 as the tour moves through the midwest and central Canada; then Tegan & Sara come aboard on September 10 as the tour moves down the West Coast and through the South. (Not sure why Canadian electropoppers Tegan & Sara are playing Memphis, Tennessee while country star Musgraves is performing in Calgary, Alberta — but hey! Best not to argue.)
Regardless, it’s a testament to Perry’s exceptional taste — all three artists are critically beloved with rising commercial prominence — and it should make the Prismatic Tour all the more worth seeing.
Check the full tour dates below.
6/22/14 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena *
6/24/14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center *
6/27/14 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
6/28/14 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena *
6/30/14 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum *
7/2/14 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center *
7/3/14 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena *
7/9/14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
7/11/14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center *
7/15/14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre *
7/16/14 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre *
7/18/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre *
7/22/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center *
7/24/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center *
8/1/14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden *
8/4/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center *
8/7/14 – Chicago, IL – United Center *
8/10/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena ^
8/11/14 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
8/13/14 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena ^
8/14/14 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena ^
8/16/14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center ^
8/17/14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center ^
8/19/14 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center ^
8/20/14 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena ^
8/22/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center ^
8/23/14 – Fargo, ND – FARGODOME ^
8/26/14 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre ^
8/28/14 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre ^
8/29/14 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome ^
8/31/14 – Edmonton, AB -Rexall Place ^
9/9/14 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
9/12/14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center #
9/13/14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome #
9/16/14 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center #
9/19/14 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center #
9/22/14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center #
9/25/14 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena #
9/26/14 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena #
9/29/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutionsArena #
9/30/14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center #
10/2/14 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center #
10/5/14 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum #
10/6/14 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center #
10/8/14 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena #
10/10/14 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center ~
* With Capital Cities
^ With Kacey Musgraves
# With Tegan and Sara
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!