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.
Lots of new photos have been added to our photo gallery today. Check them out below!
» April 6: 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards – Dial Global Remotes [Day 2]
» April 7: Academy Of Country Music Awards [Arrivals]
» April 7: Academy Of Country Music Awards [Show]
» November 4: CMT’s Next Women of Country
» October 23: AMP 97.1 Hosts Meet And Greet With Katy Perry In Celebration Of Her New Album “Prism”
» December 12: In Concert [New Orleans, Louisiana]
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.
I have added almost 400 screen captures from Kacey’s latest music video for “Follow Your Arrow.” Be sure to check out the video if you haven’t seen it yet! Enjoy the caps!
I have updated our growing photo gallery with some awesome photos of Kacey attending different events, festivals, and award shows from this big year! 2013 is just the start of Kacey’s many years to come in the music business. We can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for her! ♥ Enjoy the pictures below.
I have added the first batch of photos to our gallery today. These are some of Kacey’s gorgeous photo shoots from this year! Look out for more very soon as I get everything up-to-date! Enjoy these amazing photo shoot images of Kacey below. View all photos in our gallery.
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Enjoy Kacey’s latest video for her single “Follow Your Arrow” below!
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