Kacey Musgraves Plans to Have Fun at the Grammys

“I’m just really going to try to find the fun of it all."

February 7, 2019
Kacey Musgraves

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With four nominations and two performances lined up, there's no doubt that Kacey Musgraves will walk away this weekend as Queen of the Grammys.

The singer-songwriter is up for Album of the Year for Golden Hour, for Best Country Solo Performance for "Butterflies," for Best Country Song for "Space Cowboy," and Best Country Album for Golden Hour.

Among her performances at Sunday night's awards show will not only be one of her own songs, but also during a tribute to Dolly Parton, who's being named the MusiCares Person of the Year. She'll collaborate with Maren Morris, Little Big Town, and Katy Perry for the celebration, and she remains humbled to be recognized in such a way. 

“This record means everything to me," she says in a statement from her label, about Golden Hour. "It’s a very personal album. I’d say probably more personal than all of my other ones at this point. So, to be nominated this year for this many awards. I mean, any award, it’s really special to me, especially when you take a step back and look at the people I’m nominated alongside; lots of records that have sold a lot more than mine. If you’re looking at radio play, people that have been on the charts for a long time and have gotten a lot of air time.

"It just makes me feel like to be in a category with people and works of art like that, it makes me feel like all of our hard work is paying off and that these days people just want to connect to songs that they relate to and that they think is good, and it really doesn’t matter what genre it comes from or where they might hear it, if it connects, it connects.”

But even with this honor, Kacey has no plans to let nerves get the best of her.

“TV performances are a whole nother ballgame," she continues. "They can be nerve-wracking, but they can also be very fun, and ultimately, I just try to find my center within all of that, find my calm. I’m getting to perform songs that I really, truly love and feel comfortable singing. So, I feel like I don’t really have anything to feel nervous about.

"Mostly, I’m just excited, and of course, there’s the glam and the wardrobe and the fact that my husband [Ruston Kelly] will get to be there sitting with me and hanging out with me. So, I’m just really going to try to find the fun of it all and not get too worried about the outcome and just ultimately just be myself and have a good time.”