Dress rehearsal for “Crossroads,” the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony’s Culver City lot, she slips out of her Jeremy Scott tube-sock dress and into a white bathrobe and flip-flops, clearly unconcerned about who might be watching.
“I’ve seen her naked,” says Perry, 29, motioning to Musgraves.
”A couple of times,” Musgraves, 25, confirms. “And it won’t be the last.”
Further occasions for dressing-room exhibitionism will come in August, when Musgraves joins Perry’s arena tour for 15 dates and the better part of a month. It’s an interesting move for both. Headliners often bestow their validation, and the benefit of exposure, on opening acts they admire. “I always like to introduce great music to the people in the audience,” says Perry. But pop princesses like Perry don’t often pick country newcomers. And while the other acts opening various legs of Perry’s U.S. tour — Capital Cities and Tegan & Sara — make oddball pop music, both have had top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” peaked at No. 60 on the Hot 100 and reached No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
The contrasts between the two are evident when they take the stage the next night, from head (lime-green shoulder-length choppy cut for Perry, long Loretta Lynn curls for Musgraves) to toe (Manolo Blahniks for Perry, custom-made Old Gringo boots for Musgraves). But so are the commonalities. Both are all-American girls who get away with pushing the boundaries. Perry broke out in 2008 with “I Kissed a Girl”; Musgraves endorsed the same behavior in 2013’s “Follow Your Arrow,” a song about those who find the straight and narrow “a little too straight.”
No doubt in both cases this represents a sensibility shaped by a combination of a conservative background with a moral and artistic restlessness. Perry is the child of evangelical ministers. As for Musgraves, “My parents aren’t crazy conservative,” she says. “They’re actually pretty open-minded. But my grandparents are, and where I’m from, East Texas, is the Bible Belt.” So she can relate to Perry on that score. “It gave us perspective because we both have that. But we both left those worlds.”
”We left those worlds, but we kept our compasses,” Perry adds. (“Awww,” Musgraves interjects.)”I think [Kacey] straddles the line like I straddle the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a sexuality that is healthy and exciting. And it’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman.” These two freethinkers crossed paths when Musgraves released the first single from “Same Trailer Different Park,” “Merry Go ‘Round,” in September 2012. Perry tweeted her love for it. “I understand that I have a lot of followers on Twitter, and one tweet can go a distance,” she says.
Musgraves felt the effects at a distance — she was crossing a street in Dublin when she glanced at her phone and saw her Twitter following spike. But Perry wasn’t done yet. “Stalked her on the Internet, as I do with everyone,” says Perry, who reached out to bring Musgraves to Los Angeles to work on the early writing sessions for “Prism.” Though those songs didn’t make the record, a partnership was born. Musgraves — along with Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding and Tegan & Sara — was part of Perry’s We Can Survive concert, a benefit for young women with breast cancer, at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, in October 2013. And the two got in another studio session at the time. “A good song came out of it,” Musgraves told Billboard in December. “I love when brains come together with different colors and influences to throw into the mix. We’re fans of each other, so it works.” The announcement of the “Crossroads” taping followed a few months later.
The stakes are high for Musgraves to leverage her association with Perry into crossover opportunities in radio and touring alike. Although she has played a handful of stadium dates as an opener for Kenny Chesney and just wrapped an arena run with Lady Antebellum, her own draw as a headliner tells a more interesting story. On her most recent club tour, at the end of 2013, she played 800- to 1,000-capacity venues like Detroit’s Saint Andrews Hall and New York’s Bowery Ballroom — rooms more commonly associated with the latest indie-rock craze than a Nashville newbie. Playing to mainstream crowds in the Midwest and Canada could provide the exposure Musgraves needs to go from critical fave to Taylor Swift-like crossover. “It’s an amazing pop look, the stamp of validation in another world for Kacey Musgraves from the queen, Katy,” says Mitch Rose, head of the Los Angeles music department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which booked both artists on the tour.
We’ve added High-Quality screen captures from Kacey and Katy’s Billboard interview to the gallery – both ladies are completely flawless – who isn’t excited for this pairing!? It’s gonna be amazing! ♥
Kacey and Katy are on the cover of Billboard Magazine! This photoshoot is drop-dead freaking amazing. Kacey looks stunning! Check them out below along with an article and video:
Pop princess Katy Perry and country music darling Kacey Musgraves grace the cover of this week’s Billboard. The pairing isn’t as random as you think: the singers are teaming up for an upcoming “Crossroads” special (June 13 on CMT), and in August Musgraves joins Perry’s Prismatic world tour as opener. As Perry points out in the cover story, there’s a kinship there that goes beyond their shared backgrounds as All-American girls from conservative worlds.
“I think [Kacey] straddles the line like I straddle the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a sexuality that is healthy and exciting,” Perry says. “And it’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman.”
Go behind the scenes of Katy and Kacey’s Billboard cover shoot in the exclusive video interview below, plus check out five things we learned about music’s hottest tour coupling of the year.
WHY A KATY/KACEY PAIRING MAKES SENSE. “We’re both very whimsical in our own ways, but I think at heart we’re both songwriters,” says Musgraves. For her part, Perry says she “instantly connected” with her country counterpart after hearing her debut single “Merry Go ‘Round.” “She struck a chord in me,” she says. “I feel like we have the same eyes. Not in a physical sense, but in a way of perception.”
KATY STALKED KACEY. After she heard “Merry Go ‘Round” Perry did a little bit of ol’ fashioned cyberstalking — “as I do with everyone,” she notes — and reached out to Musgraves about teaming up. The songs they worked on didn’t make the cut on “Prism,” but a partnership was born.
WHAT YOU’LL HEAR ON THEIR CROSSROADS SPECIAL. Expect songs from each of Perry’s three studio albums, encompassing her fun, inspirational and singer-songwriter selves. She’ll also take a backseat during Musgraves’ set. “You’ll hear me doing a lot of background vocals… and a little of that country flair.” Musgraves will bring a “storyteller vibe” to her set, which she admits won’t have any “super-anthemic, firework-type songs.” Hearing a reference to one of her biggest hits, Perry shot back, “are you making fun of my song?”
KATY HAS SEEN KACEY NAKED. “A couple times,” Musgraves confirms. “And it won’t be the last.” They’ll have plenty more chances for dressing-room exhibitionism when Kacey joins Katy’s “Prismatic” tour in August.
AND EXPECT DUETS APLENTY ON TOUR. Kacey: “For me, you could just put all your songs in a hat and just grab any of them and I would fucking love to sing any of them.” Perry reassured her that “we’re doing that on tour.” Musgraves says that “Teenage Dream” is “obviously the best pop song ever written.”
Our gorgeous lady Kacey Musgraves has made the Maxim Hot 100 of 2014! Kacey is #70 on the list! This issue hits stands on June 3rd!
A day earlier, the mag revealed ten sexy singers are on the list.
They include Iggy Azalea (No. 96), Lana Del Rey (No. 82), Rita Ora (No. 73), Kacey Musgraves (No. 70), Carrie Underwood (No. 56), Kellie Pickler (No. 46), Shakira (No. 38), Beyoncé (No. 21), Christina Aguilera (No. 15) and Rihanna (No. 11).
The full list will be revealed on June 3, when the new issue comes out.
Kacey Musgraves attended the GRAMMY Block Party last night (May 13) in Nashville, TN. She also performed at the event. She wore her new Nudies dress! Browse through the photos in our gallery.
Hey Musgravers! Since news on Kacey is a little slow lately, we decided what more of a perfect time to update our gallery archive with a few different screen captured performances?! We’ve added some great, high-quality screen captures for you guys to enjoy browsing through and making fan art with. Check them out below. If you would like us to cap a particular video, please comment here or send us a tweet @kaceyonline!
Kacey Musgraves attended Keith Urban’s Fifth Annual All 4 the Hall Benefit last night, May 6. She also performed at the event! All 4 the Hall is a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Kacey looked beautiful last night in a pastel lavender dress and statement necklace while she spent time with her close friend Deana Carter and performed. Enjoy the photos below. ♥
Kacey Musgraves is nominated for the 2014 CMT Music Awards! “Follow Your Arrow” is up for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year! Congratulations to Kacey for being nominated twice! The awards show will air live on June 4 at 8/7C!
Follow the links below to vote for Kacey Musgraves’ music video “Follow Your Arrow” for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year.
Our girl Kacey Musgraves was honored to attend the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards last night (May 3) in New York City! She looked totally gorgeous wearing a hot pink Azzaro dress! Check out all of our HQ photos from the event in the photo gallery!
Hello there, Kacey fans! As you can see, Kacey-Musgraves.net has a brand new theme featuring Kacey’s Crossroads taping with Katy Perry. You can view all those amazing photos in our gallery! The photo gallery also has a brand new design too where we used Kacey’s brand new Elle Magazine photo shoot – view it here! I thought it would be great to start the summer season off with fresh, new looks on our site!
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Kacey is going to be the first-ever country artist performing at the GLAAD Awards on May 3, 2014! You can be sure that we will post the pictures and videos of her performance as well! Read for more information below:
For the first time in its 25-year history, the people of GLAAD have invited a country singer to perform at their big event in New York City. And that singer is Kacey Musgraves.
Why Musgraves, and why now? Because GLAAD — the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization — thinks her YOLO-themed song “Follow Your Arrow” is the right kind of message for right now.
“America’s heartland is changing, and support for equality continues to grow across party lines, in our faith institutions and in country music,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release announcing the event. “Kacey Musgraves is ushering in a new era in the country music industry, where supporting all loving families is now a core country value. It’s only fitting then that Kacey is to become the first country music artist to perform at the New York GLAAD Media Awards.”
The press release notes that Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” her single from 2013, “broke barriers in the country music industry.” Not just because of the “make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into” lyric. It’s more about the big picture of acceptance that Musgraves paints with the simple line, “Love who you love.”
The awards show recognizes media and individuals, like Musgraves, for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.
The event will be held May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Openly gay country music artist Chely Wright will introduce Musgraves.