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Kacey Musgraves On 2019 GRAMMY Wins, Women In Music & More
"This is a huge deal, this is a huge honor," the now six-time GRAMMY winner said in GRAMMYs TV/Radio room. "Obviously, the country album means a lot to me because that's where my heart is, that's where I grew up. I grew up singing traditional Western swing. There's no way I can get rid of that in me."
Then, acknowledging her fellow category nominees, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monaé, H.E.R., Post Malone and Drake, she said: "To say that something I'm a part of is the best out of a year, a year in which was thriving with creativity, uniqueness, bold creators stepping out with something to say, the weight of that I don't think will hit me for a really long time."
The 2019 GRAMMY Awards saw major wins for women in several categories, including Cardi B for Best Rap Album and Carlile's wins in the American Roots categories. As GRAMMY nominee Ashley McBryde spoke about in her interview with the Recording Academy, women in the country genre have long faced challenges of underrepresentation on country radio. Musgraves is a wildly successful example of how an artist without a long history of radio support may be recognized outside of that arena. When asked what it felt to be one of the artists representing women at the GRAMMYs, she spoke how much of a community effort it is too see women succeed.
"Women have a really necessary perspective to art, to music, and it's really nice to see that getting a chance to be included," she said. "I think it takes two to tango in that. I think it takes women having the balls to put out art that might not always be liked by everyone, but it also takes people on the other side of that to reach out and give those things a chance to be heard or seen.
"When I think of all of us out there that just love music, we love it when it hits a nerve, you know? No matter what it sounds like, and we're all made of the same stuff. All the same emotions, we all need the same things to survive in that way and so I feel like if you just pay attention to that, what you're feeling and that's what makes it into your songs."
The singer/songwriter also spoke about the eclectic influences that went into Golden Hour and the meaning of her latest single "Rainbow." Catch more of the interview above.