That’s right, guys! Kacey will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday, June 12! Be sure to set your DVR’s to record this one! She will be promoting her CMT Crossroads special, which airs the next day, June 13!
Also, if you couldn’t tell – we just put up a new layout. Hope y’all enjoy it.
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!
Congratulations, Kacey! “Follow Your Arrow” has inspired all of us to do what we love and say what’s true to our hearts! ♥ So proud of Kacey for writing such meaningful lyrics.
39. Kacey Musgraves, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ (2013)
“Even if [people] don’t agree with the girls-kissing-girls thing or even the drug reference,” Musgraves said about her breakthrough song, “I would hope that they would agree that no matter what, we all should be able to love who we want to love and live how we want to live.” The heart of her drama lies in waiting for the establishment to catch up. Censored at the Country Music Association Awards and lionized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, 25-year-old Kacey Musgraves has become one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values. But like most of her debut Same Trailer, Different Park, “Follow Your Arrow” isn’t an attack on conservatism so much as an attack on any system that keeps us from being who we are, gay or straight, sober or stoned.
We have added 22 pictures of Kacey performing while opening up for Zac Brown Band on May 29th in Tampa, Florida. There’s also an article below which reviews her performance! Check them out!
But with a damp crowd still filing in, and thunder rumbling and lightning striking all around her, Musgraves, the zealously lauded 25-year-old Texan singer-songwriter, hit her mark on time.
She’s as much of a Nashville outlier as Brown, but more for her grown-up restraint than for any sense of devil-may-care personality. Up on stage, flanked by neon cacti, the winsome Musgraves is unshowy, almost laconic, which sort of fits her wry, folksy brand of Texamericana. Her flashiest stage maneuvers included a brief, leisurely stroll around a center thrust stage, and … well, that’s about it. (Unlike Taylor Swift, Musgraves probably COULD lay claim to not being a cheer captain.)
But it’s her songs that tell the story, not her voice or stage antics. Lived-in ditties like Merry Go ‘Round and Follow Your Arrow are as thoughtful as they are toe-tapping, devoid of any over-the-top bombast or climax. A song like her gorgeous, mariachi-tinged cover of George Strait’s I Just Want to Dance With You belongs in the Bluebird Cafe, not on American Idol.
Musgraves did display a bit of whimsy at the end, when, for closer My House, she and her band huddled at the center of the stage, with the boys bobbing in sparkling rhinestone suits that lit up like Christmas trees. Musgraves beamed and waved her hands, and closed the song with a simple harmonica flourish. It was quirky, earnest and endearing, something you might see on a 21st-century version of Hee Haw. Not to suggest that Musgraves is in danger of being swallowed whole by the big, bad pop charts, but a career as a theatrical folk singer, a la Alison Krauss or even Dolly Parton, could sustain her for several lifetimes.
So exciting, guys! The first performance we’ve seen from Kacey and Katy’s CMT Crossroads concert is now on CMT’s website! You can watch Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry perform Katy’s song “Roar” below!
We have been working really hard to think of a fun way to show Kacey how much we care about her, and what better way to do that than to have her fans submit messages, pictures, graphics, etc. to be included in a birthday slideshow! We really hope you will all participate, whether you submit a lot of things, or just a simple “Happy Birthday, Kacey!” Click on this link or the picture above to get involved! Submissions are due no later than August 15!
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.