Kacey Lee Musgraves (born August 21, 1988) is an American singer and songwriter. She has won six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards and an Academy of Country Music Award. Musgraves self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. In 2008, Kacey recorded two singles for Triple Pop in Austin, Texas.
She later signed to Mercury Nashville in 2012 and released her critically acclaimed debut album Same Trailer Different Park in 2013, winning the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. The album's lead single "Merry Go 'Round" won her the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It also featured the platinum certified single "Follow Your Arrow" which won her the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year. In 2015, she released her second studio album Pageant Material (2015) which also received critical acclaim and a Best Country Album Grammy nomination. Musgraves also released a Christmas-themed album, A Very Kacey Christmas in 2016.
Her fourth studio album Golden Hour (2018) was released to widespread critical acclaim and won all four of its nominated Grammy Awards categories, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album. The album's first two singles, "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy", won Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, respectively. Golden Hour also won the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year.
Kacey Musgraves performing in February 2019
Kacey Lee Musgraves
August 21, 1988
Golden, Texas, U.S.
Ruston Kelly (m. 2017)
|Origin||Mineola, Texas, U.S.|
Kacey Lee Musgraves was born August 21, 1988, in Golden, Texas, to Craig and Karen (née Abrams) Musgraves. Craig is the owner of a small printing business, M-Prints Printing, Inc., in Mineola, Texas, and Karen Musgraves is an artist. Musgraves has stated that she was born six weeks prematurely and weighed only 5 pounds. Musgraves has one younger sister, Kelly Christine Sutton (née Musgraves), who is a photographer.
She began songwriting at the age of 8, when she wrote a song called "Notice Me" for her elementary school graduation. She first learned to play music on the mandolin, then at age 12 started taking guitar lessons from a local musician named John DeFoore, which she later described as "one of the most important things that ever happened to me."
Musgraves first got her start in the country music industry at the age of 18, when she recorded demos to make money. Her mother would take her to local music festivals to sing western swing music. She graduated from Mineola High School in 2006.
Musgraves was discovered professionally in 2008 while living in Austin by producer Monte Robison for his independent record label, Triple Pop. Musgraves' two acoustic recordings for Triple Pop (covers of OneRepublic's "Apologize" and Miley Cyrus' "See You Again") are available on a digital EP released in 2012. “Apologize” (Acoustic Version) charted in the Billboard Hot Singles Chart at #23 on February 15, 2014, and racked up over 31,000,000 streams on Spotify. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary on March 30, 2018, Triple Pop released the “Acoustic Remixed” digital EP which featured newly remixed and remastered versions of the same recordings.
Musgraves joined Lady Antebellum on the European leg of their Own the Night Tour in 2012. She also signed with Mercury Nashville in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round". The song is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park, produced and co-written by Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and released on March 19, 2013.
Musgraves also co-wrote Miranda Lambert's 2013 single "Mama's Broken Heart". Same Trailer Different Park produced additional hit singles in "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow". Rolling Stone magazine listed "Follow Your Arrow" at number 39 of its list of 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and said that Musgraves was "one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values."
Musgraves was nominated for four awards at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. Her first studio album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at number 2, selling 42,000 copies.
Musgraves was also nominated for four Grammy Awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, tying Taylor Swift and Lorde for the most nominations received by a woman that year. Those nominations included Best New Artist, Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), and Best Country Song for both "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Merry Go 'Round". "Merry Go 'Round" won the Best Country Song Grammy award, and Same Trailer Different Park won in Best Country Album.
Musgraves joined Katy Perry on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour as well as Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss on select dates during their tour. Musgraves provided backing vocals for "Bourbon in Kentucky", the lead single on Dierks Bentley's 2013 album Riser.
In April 2014, Musgraves won the Academy of Country Music award for album of the year for Same Trailer Different Park. In June 2014, she released a new song called The Trailer Song, which she debuted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Same Trailer Different Park was certified gold in August 2014 for selling over 500,000 copies. Musgraves' single "Follow Your Arrow" was also certified gold, and "Merry Go Round" was certified platinum.
Musgraves announced in late August 2014 that she would perform a ten-show headlining tour, titled Same Tour Different Trailer, which started on September 25 and ended on October 19.
In September 2014, Musgraves said that she had begun writing songs for her second major label album, and planned to work with Luke Laird and Shane MacAnally later in the year after her touring schedule finished. "Biscuits," the lead single from the album, was released on March 16, 2015.
Pageant Material, Musgraves' second studio album, was released on June 23, 2015. To support the album, Musgraves performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (June 9, 2015), Late Night with Seth Meyers (June 10, 2015), Good Morning America (June 23, 2015), The View (June 24, 2015), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (September 14, 2015), The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (January 8, 2016), and The Late Late Show with James Corden (April 6, 2016).
On September 7, 2016, Musgraves announced the release of her first Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas. The album, which features eight traditional and four original songs, was released on October 28, 2016, through Mercury Nashville. In support of the album, Musgraves embarked on a Christmas-themed tour, complete with a strings section, an accordion, bass, saxophone, clarinet and backup singers.
In September 2016, Musgraves was selected as one of 30 country music artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "On the Road Again", and "I Will Always Love You". The song celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards and secured Musgraves her first No. 1 country single.
In 2017, Musgraves provided backing vocals on "All the Best", a John Prine cover, for Zac Brown Band's album Welcome Home. Also in 2017, Musgraves was featured on Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings. Originally recorded for TV, it later was released on CD and DVD. During the broadcast, Musgraves performed Jennings' song "The Wurlitzer Prize". Musgraves appeared on the June 21, 2017, episode of Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry to receive a psychic reading and connect with her grandmother, Barbara Taylor, to learn more details about her death in a house fire. Musgraves has said that her song "This Town", from the album Pageant Material, is about her grandmother, and that her voice appears in the opening of the song.
In October 2017, Musgraves posted a picture of herself on Twitter indicating she was in the studio writing new songs for her upcoming third studio album. On December 12, 2017, Musgraves announced the title of her third studio album Golden Hour through Entertainment Weekly. The songs "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy" were released as the first singles from the album on February 23, 2018. In March, Musgraves headlined the 2018 C2C: Country to Country festival in London after playing the festival in 2016.
Musgraves premiered "High Horse", the third song from the album, on March 22, 2018, on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Apple Radio show. On March 29, 2018, she performed "Slow Burn" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Golden Hour was released on March 30, 2018, on MCA Nashville. On May 12, 2018, Musgraves was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "High Horse" and "Slow Burn". Through June and July, Musgraves was the opening act on the second North American leg of Harry Styles: Live on Tour. In September, Musgraves appeared on a rerecorded version of "There's No Gettin' Over Me" with Ronnie Milsap for his 2019 duet album. On October 2, 2018, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as the musical guest. In October 2018, Musgraves embarked on the "Oh, What a World Tour" in support of Golden Hour. The tour began in Oslo, Norway on October 13. In February 2019, Golden Hour won Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The same month, Musgraves released "Rainbow" as the fifth single from the album.
Musgraves lists Alison Krauss as one of her career role models, stating "I mean, how many Grammys does she have? She's just remained solid and true and great, and I respect that". Musgraves' favorite artist is John Prine.
Musgraves also lists Lee Ann Womack as one of her childhood influences: "Lee Ann Womack is from near where I grew up in east Texas so I've always looked up to her." Speaking of both Prine and Womack, Musgraves stated that "if I could sing it like Lee Ann would and say it like John would, then I feel like I've gotten somewhere".
Of her sophomore album, Musgraves listed albums by Glen Campbell, Bobbie Gentry, Marty Robbins, Charley Pride, Roger Miller and Jim Croce as influences and an interview with Rolling Stone Country cited Ray Price, Julie Miller and Loretta Lynn.
Musgraves is known for her progressive lyrics in the conservative country music genre. Her music has tackled controversial topics such as LGBT acceptance, safe sexual intercourse, recreational marijuana use, and questioning religious sentiment.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Musgraves talked about criticism she faced for her rebellious lyrics. "I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap," she said. "The things I'm singing about are not controversial to me, I don't push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through."
In 2014, in an interview with ABC Radio, Musgraves said she had been in a relationship with her bandmate Misa Arriaga for several years after becoming friends first.
Musgraves eventually met Ruston Kelly at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. In May 2016, they had a songwriting date, and they began dating shortly after. Musgraves stated that the song "Butterflies" from her album Golden Hour is about her courtship with Kelly. On December 24, 2016, Musgraves became engaged to Kelly. They married on October 14, 2017 in Tennessee.
The Academy of Country Music Awards is an annual country music awards show, the first ever created, established in 1966. Musgraves has won once.
|2013||Best Female Vocalist||Herself||Nominated|
|Best New Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year||"Merry Go 'Round"||Nominated|
|2014||Best Female Vocalist||Herself||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Same Trailer Different Park||Won|
|Song of the Year||"Mama's Broken Heart" (as songwriter)||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||"Blowin' Smoke"||Nominated|
|Female Vocalist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Golden Hour||Pending|
|Song of the Year||"Space Cowboy"||Pending|
The American Music Awards is an annual major American music award show by the American Broadcasting Company, presented since 1973.
|2014||Favorite Country Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|
The Country Music Association Awards is an annual country music awards show, established in 1967. Musgraves has won five times.
|2013||Female Vocalist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|New Artist of the Year||Won|
|Album of the Year||Same Trailer Different Park||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Mama's Broken Heart"(as songwriter)||Nominated|
|"Merry Go 'Round"||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Song of the Year||"Follow Your Arrow"||Won|
|Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Female Vocalist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Pageant Material||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||"Biscuits"||Nominated|
|2016||Female Vocalist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|||
|International Achievement Award||Won|
|2018||Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|||
|Album of the Year||Golden Hour||Won|
|2019||International Achievement Award||Herself||Won|
The CMT Music Awards is an annual ceremony dedicated exclusively to honor country music videos. It was established in 1967.
|2013||Breakthrough Video of the Year||"Merry Go 'Round"||Nominated|
|Female Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Video of the Year||"Follow Your Arrow"||Nominated|
|Female Video of the Year||Nominated|
The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is presented since 1958. Musgraves has been nominated nine times and won six awards.
|2014||Best New Artist||Herself||Nominated|||
|Best Country Song||"Mama's Broken Heart" (as songwriter)||Nominated|
|"Merry Go 'Round"||Won|
|Best Country Album||Same Trailer Different Park||Won|
|Album of the Year||Won|
|Best Country Song||"Space Cowboy"||Won|
|Best Country Solo Performance||"Butterflies"||Won|
|2013||American Country Awards||New Artist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Mama's Broken Heart"||Nominated|
|"Merry Go 'Round"||Nominated|
|Music Video by a New Artist||Nominated|
|2016||UK Americana Awards||International Album of the Year||Pageant Material||Nominated|
|Americana Music Honors & Awards||Song of the Year||"Dime Store Cowgirl"||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Female Country Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2015||AllMusic Year in Review||Favorite Country Album||Pageant Material||Won|
|2016||A Very Kacey Christmas||Won|
|2018||Billboard Women in Music||Innovator Award||Herself||Won|
|2018||Apple Music||Album of The Year||Golden Hour||Won|
|2019||iHeart Radio Music Awards||Best Cover Song||"You're Still the One" (with Harry Styles)||Won|
Musgraves turned 24 in August
Age: 18, Hometown: Golden, TX
The 24-year-old Texan
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted.The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. Nominations were announced on December 7, 2018.
Dolly Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior to the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2019.Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations, with eight. Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves tied for the most wins of the night with four each.A Very Kacey Christmas
A Very Kacey Christmas is a Christmas album by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves, released on October 28, 2016, through Mercury Nashville. Overall, it is Musgraves' sixth album, her third studio album, and first Christmas album. Produced by Musgraves, Kyle Ryan and Misa Arriaga, it features eight traditional Christmas songs and four originals. Special guest artists include Willie Nelson, The Quebe Sisters and Leon Bridges.Biscuits (song)
"Biscuits" is a song recorded by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves that serves as the lead single from her second major label studio album, Pageant Material. It was released to country radio on March 16, 2015, through Mercury Nashville and was released to digital retailers the following day. The song was written and produced by Musgraves and Shane McAnally, with additional songwriting by Brandy Clark and additional production by Luke Laird. In December 2015, Billboard ranked "Biscuits" number one on its "10 Best Country Songs of 2015" list and number 16 on its list of the 25 best songs of 2015 across all genres.Despite its official release date of March 16, "Biscuits" was tied for the tenth most-added song at American country radio for the week of March 9, 2015, and as a result debuted on the Billboard Country Airplay chart that week at number 56.Blowin' Smoke
"Blowin' Smoke" is a song recorded by country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. The song is featured on her major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. It was released April 1, 2013 as the album's second single. It was written by Musgraves, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally. As of July 10, 2013, the single has sold 135,000 copies in the United States.Como la Flor
"Como la Flor" (English: 'Like the Flower') is a song by American singer Selena, from her third studio album, Entre a Mi Mundo (1992). Credited to the band Selena y Los Dinos, the song was remixed in 1995 for Selena's posthumous album Dreaming of You.Dime Store Cowgirl
"Dime Store Cowgirl" is a song recorded by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves that serves as the second single from her second major label studio album, Pageant Material. It was released to country radio on August 3, 2015, through Mercury Nashville. The song was written and produced by Musgraves with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. The song was nominated for "Song of the Year" at the 2016 Americana Music Honors & Awards.Follow Your Arrow
"Follow Your Arrow" is a song recorded by American country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves. The song is featured on her major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. It was released on October 21, 2013 as the album's third single. It was written by Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. It was named Song Of The Year at the 2014 CMA Awards. Rolling Stone ranked 'Follow Your Arrow' number 39 on its list of '100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time'.Golden Hour (album)
Golden Hour is the fourth studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves, released on March 30, 2018, through MCA Nashville. Musgraves co-wrote all 13 tracks and co-produced the album with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200.Golden Hour received widespread acclaim from critics, winning in all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album. The album's first two singles, "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy", also won awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, respectively. Golden Hour also won Album of the Year at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards.Josh Osborne
Josh Osborne (born 1980) is an American songwriter with several number one singles to his credit.Kacey Musgraves discography
American country artist Kacey Musgraves has released four studio albums, three demo albums, two extended plays, 12 singles, and has made 27 additional album appearances. The earliest of Musgraves's material was released in the early 2000s with the issuing of demo albums, beginning with Movin' On (2002). She signed to Mercury Nashville in 2012. In early 2013, Musgraves released her debut full-length album Same Trailer Different Park. Critically acclaimed, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200. Its preceding lead single "Merry Go 'Round" peaked within the top 20 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The album would also spawn the top 40 singles "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow". Same Trailer Different Park has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.Musgraves's second studio album Pageant Material was released in June 2015. The record topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. It spawned the singles "Biscuits" and "Dime Store Cowgirl", both of which became minor hits on the Billboard country singles chart. Her third studio release was a holiday album entitled A Very Kacey Christmas (2016). Critically acclaimed for its retro influences, the album debuted at number eleven on the Billboard country albums chart. In March 2018, Musgraves released her fourth studio album via MCA Nashville entitled Golden Hour. The album became her third studio release to reach number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, selling 49,000 copies within its first week. Its lead single "Butterflies" debuted on the country singles chart around the same time.Keep It to Yourself (Kacey Musgraves song)
"Keep It to Yourself" is a song written by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, and sung by Musgraves. It was released on March 10, 2014 as the fourth and final single from Musgraves' debut album, Same Trailer Different Park (2013).Luke Laird
Luke Robert Laird (born May 4, 1978 in Hartstown, Pennsylvania) is an American country music songwriter and producer. He has written over 20 #1 Billboard singles, including Carrie Underwood’s "So Small", "Temporary Home", and "Undo It"; Blake Shelton’s "Gonna"; Sara Evans’ "A Little Bit Stronger"; Rodney Atkins’s "Take a Back Road"; Eric Church’s "Drink in My Hand", "Give Me Back My Hometown", and "Talladega"; Little Big Town's "Pontoon"; Luke Bryan's "I See You" and "Fast"; Thomas Rhett's "T-Shirt"; Kenny Chesney's "American Kids"; Lady Antebellum's "Downtown"; and Jon Pardi's "Head Over Boots." He has also written and produced songs for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Darius Rucker, and many others.Mama's Broken Heart
"Mama's Broken Heart" is a song recorded by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. It was released on January 14, 2013 as the fourth single from Lambert's album, Four the Record (2011). "Mama's Broken Heart" was written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and is about a woman losing control after a break-up and ignoring her mother's advice on dealing with such a situation.
The song garnered a positive reception from critics who praised the production and Lambert's delivery of the lyrics. "Mama's Broken Heart" peaked at number 2 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts respectively. It also charted at number 20 on the Hot 100, her fourth top 40 hit on that chart. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 1,960,000 copies in the United States as of September 2015. It achieved similar chart success in Canada, peaking at number one on the Country chart and number 30 on the Canadian Hot 100.
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Trey Fanjoy.Merry Go 'Round (Kacey Musgraves song)
"Merry Go 'Round" is a debut song recorded American country music artist Kacey Musgraves. It was released in September 2012 as the lead single from Musgraves' debut album Same Trailer Different Park. Musgraves co-wrote and co-produced the song with Shane McAnally, with additional writing from Josh Osborne and production assistance from Luke Laird.
"Merry Go 'Round" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 56th Grammy Awards.Pageant Material
Pageant Material is the second studio album and fifth overall album by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves, released June 23, 2015, through Mercury Nashville. Musgraves co-wrote all 13 tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. The album made numerous "Best Albums of 2015" lists and was nominated for Best Country Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.Rainbow (Kacey Musgraves song)
"Rainbow" is a song recorded by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves. It was released in February 2019 as the fifth single from Musgraves' third studio album Golden Hour. Musgraves co-wrote the song with Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby. Its release coincided with her performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.Same Tour Different Trailer
The Same Trailer Different Tour (also known as the Same Tour Different Trailer) is the first concert tour by American recording artist, Kacey Musgraves. The tour supports her debut studio album, Same Trailer Different Park (2013). The tour played 80 concerts in North America and Europe. The tour was produced by AEG Live and The Messina Group.Same Trailer Different Park
Same Trailer Different Park is the major label debut album by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves, released on March 19, 2013, through Mercury Nashville. Musgraves co-wrote all 12 tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.Shane McAnally
Shane McAnally (born October 12, 1974) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. Originally a solo artist for Curb Records in 1999, McAnally charted three singles on Hot Country Songs, including the No. 31 "Are Your Eyes Still Blue", before becoming a songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced songs for Walker Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and more. The Academy of Country Music named him Songwriter of the Year in 2014. He also won "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Song" at the 2014 Grammy Awards for his work on Kacey Musgraves's Same Trailer Different Park. In 2015, Billboard named him the Hot Country Songwriter of the Year as well as a Billboard Power Player. McAnally joined industry veteran Jason Owen in early 2017 to relaunch Monument Records as co-presidents.
Awards for Kacey Musgraves