Kacey Musgraves Talks Four Grammy Nominations, ‘Zen’ New Tour & Why ‘Women Are Making Better Music’

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"It takes ladies to have the balls to be distinctive sufficient to be seen, but it surely takes any individual to note and to be honest about that," Musgraves tells Billboard Pop Shop Podcast for our Grammy preview episode.

When Kacey Musgraves got down to make her third studio album, Golden Hour, she knew she wished to "play with some completely different colours" this time round, however she by no means may have imagined that her artistic flip would result in her first-ever nomination for the Grammys' high prize: album of the yr.

"It actually is simply an enormous honor," she tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast backstage on the Grammy Museum for our particular Grammy preview episode (take heed to the total podcast under). The two-time Grammy winner was on the museum on Tuesday night time for An Evening With Kacey Musgraves, a profit program for the Recording Academy's eduation initiatives, throughout which she took half in an hour-plus dialog about her music and carried out 5 songs from her 2018 album, together with a live-band tackle her disco barn-stomper "High Horse."

"Being in a class the place it's, quote-unquote, no matter they're hailing because the 'greatest album of the yr' in a yr that did have so many nice issues, and in a class the place these data amassed large gross sales numbers, large radio play, and mine didn't, it's only a completely different form of album," she says, evaluating her work to industrial behemoths and fellow nominees like Drake's Scorpion, Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy, Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys and the Black Panther album. "I simply suppose that everybody is nice within the class, and it's very numerous. I feel that's actually rad, and it simply makes me really feel like my laborious work is paying off. It simply reinforces the truth that songs are songs and it doesn't matter what style that you just step out of; folks simply need to join. That's the primary takeaway from that, whether or not I win or not."

In addition to her album of the yr nomination, Musgraves may even vie for nation album of the yr, greatest nation solo efficiency ("Butterflies") and greatest nation tune ("Space Cowboy") on Sunday night time. And whether or not she takes residence an award or not, we all know she'll hit the stage a minimum of twice: as soon as as a part of a Dolly Parton tribute (masking "a tune that I completely adore") and a second time on her personal. "I get to carry out a tune that's very particular to me," she says, including a lyrical trace that factors on to her subsequent Golden Hour single "Rainbow." "All I can say is, 'It'll all be all proper.'"

During final yr's Grammy ceremony, lots was product of the dearth of feminine illustration within the high classes -- and the uproar turned even louder after the telecast, when Recording Academy President Neil Portnow urged feminine musicians to "step up" to compete within the high fields, seemingly placing the onus on artists versus Grammy voters. A yr later, Musgraves is one among 5 feminine artists within the expanded album of the yr discipline, and he or she thinks there's a number of components at play. "I feel it's actually thrilling to see the music trade as an entire transferring towards equity, however I additionally suppose that ladies are creating higher music. It's a mix of each," she says. "It takes ladies to have the balls to be distinctive sufficient to be seen, but it surely takes any individual to note and to be honest about that. I feel it's form of a bipartisan progress. It's taking place."

All the Grammy insanity is coming at a busy time for Musgraves, who kicked off the North American leg of her Oh, What a World Tour final month. While she was in a position to carry out her Golden Hour songs when she opened for Harry Styles on tour final yr, it's an entire new feeling to play for a crowd there only for her. "It's actually all the pieces to have a room full of individuals that actually join with the songs that you just're taking part in," she says. "This tour has form of blown my thoughts. I feel that there's loads of new people who have come to the celebration by means of listening to this album. It's very apparent to me once we see these folks and we hear them singing the lyrics. And we nonetheless do embody a bit of little bit of the outdated materials, as a result of that's nonetheless very a lot me, however yeah, it's been actually enjoyable to place collectively.

"The songs simply really feel good," she provides. "I hope they really feel good to listen to, however they really feel good for me to play. They're very form of tranquil, form of blissed-out. I need folks to come back and have a bit of little bit of a zen second on the present. You can't actually count on it to be loopy high-energy, however finally, I simply need it to really feel good."

Musgraves' tour continues Feb. 13 in Phoenix with dates by means of June, plus pageant stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Governors Ball.

While she's on the highway, she's nonetheless making time for artistic endeavors, together with an grownup coloring e book along with her artist mother, appropriately titled Oh, What a Colorful World, and even some new music, not even a yr after Golden Hour's March 2018 launch. "There's a pair new songs right here or there that I've form of added to the pile," she teases. "And that's form of what I love to do, is simply take a while to meander my manner and see if I can catch some form of a artistic wind. I really feel like it may be one tune that sparks that. For the final album, that was 'Oh, What a World.' … So we've gotten to take a seat down a couple of times between busy days and add a tune right here or there, and I'm actually excited in regards to the path that they lean. I feel in March, I'm gonna take a while and form of dig round extra in there and see if we are able to form of latch onto. I'd wish to make one other report that I'm actually happy with. It's laborious to tour and never rush an album, however I actually don't need to do this. I imply, Golden Hour, it was a gradual burn -- pun supposed."

Also on the present, Keith & Katie break down who they suppose ought to and can win on the 2019 Grammy Awards, which air reside from LA's Staples Center on Sunday night time at eight p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop store for all issues pop on Billboard's weekly charts. You can all the time rely on a vigorous dialogue in regards to the newest pop information, enjoyable chart stats and tales, new music, and visitor interviews with music stars and people from the world of pop. Casual pop followers and chart junkies can hear Billboard's senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson each week on the podcast, which will be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast supplier. (Click right here to take heed to the earlier version of the present on Billboard.com.)

Kacey Musgraves Talks Four Grammy Nominations, 'Zen' New Tour & Why 'Women Are Making Better Music'