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Kacey Musgraves: On Fame, ACM Wins, and Being Different


The hits just keep on coming for Kacey Musgraves. Fresh from her win at the Grammys, she bags big wins for her Golden Hour album. She talks candidly about it, as well as her skyrocket to fame and how deviating from the mainstream can actually do a whole lot of good for you.

Another Big Win for Kacey Musgraves

At the 2019 ACM Awards last Sunday, April 7th, Musgraves went home with two wins under her belt: The ACM Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year Awards. She spoke freely at the press conference about her wins, and how she created a different brand of country and a style that uniquely fits her.

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“If you do have a unique sound or unique style or perspective to offer, you’re going to be told that it’s too different or that it’s not going to work or it doesn’t make sense…and that’s, truthfully, just the industry being lazy.”

The “Slow Burn” singer then proceeded to speak about how country legends have done their own way of breaking the conventional norms and created a new thing for them.

“At one point, they were pushing a lot of buttons, they were very inflammatory, and they eventually created the new normal, so it is going to take labels and radio being more fearless and taking a creative chance on things that are weren’t being heard.”

On Her Fame

Musgraves also did a sit-down with ‘CBS This Morning’ co-host Gayle King. She jokingly said that a lot of people dubbed her as their ‘gateway drug’ to country music. Her distinct sound is often not attributed to the genre, and most often than not, people are pleasantly surprised that she is in fact country.

“And these days with the genre lines being so blurred, I mean the possibilities are endless. To me music falls into two different categories. It’s good and bad. But yeah, I don’t believe that you have to pick a lane or stay in a lane.”

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Musgraves did admit that while she loved music, singing, and the artistry that goes with it, she wasn’t interested in the fame that was attributed to it. She said that accepting her fame had been quite an adjustment for her.

“It’s not my favorite thing. “I think it used to freak me out a lot when I was younger, I was really intimidated by it. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that there’s not really anything to be scared of. I have a wonderful foundation with my family underneath me, my husband, I know who I am.”

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