Girl Crush: Kacey Musgraves

By Summer

Illustration by Haley
Illustration by Haley

If you’re familiar with almost anything I have ever posted on any part of the internet, and have been following my tweets lately, you’ll know that my Kacey Musgraves obsession has been growing stronger by the minute, likely peaking in realness when she retweeted me last month.

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The reasons for loving Kacey Musgraves are virtually endless, but I’m going to try to cut this down to a reasonable word count. The first and most important reason that Kacey Musgraves is not only one of my favourite country singers but one of my favourite people in general is that she is an incredible singer and songwriter. Her album Same Trailer, Different Park is in my top 3 albums of all time – not even top 3 country albums, top 3 EVER. Every single song is brilliant and leaves me needing to listen to the entire album every time one comes on shuffle. Kacey also co-wrote every song on the record, as well as one of my fav girl jams, Miranda Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart. I’m clearly not the only one who thinks Kacey is fantastic: Same Trailer, Different Park peaked at #1 on the Country chart and #2 on The Billboard 200 in 2014 and Kacey was also nominated for 4 Grammy awards in 2014 (the same number as Lorde, JUST SAYIN’) and won 2, Best Country Album and Best Country Song.


On top of her musical abilities, I love Kacey’s face and outright inspiring tour fashion (pictured above), her sense of humor, and the fact that she watches Orange is the New Black. If you follow her Twitter (@KaceyMusgraves) and/or Instagram (@spaceykacey) you have probably seen her numerous photos documenting her trip through her childhood diary accompanied by hilarious captions.

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Now I know y’all are always skeptical about country music, and I am going to continue to try to bring you over to the dark side, but the wonder of Kacey Musgraves crosses country bounds. Her music is inspiring, emotional, and real, the lyrics relevant to anyone and everyone. This summer she’s touring with Katy Perry as well (their episode of Crossroads on CMT just aired last Friday) and you can watch MY FAVOURITE VIDEO EVER OF ALL TIME which is one of their duets. On another truly inspiring note, Kacey became the first country artist to ever perform at the GLAAD Awards, performing Follow Your Arrow, a song with lyrics described as “controversial” to some of the country crowd. Kacey responded to this in The Wall Street Journal in February by saying, “I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap. 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. I know not everyone is going to relate to everything I’m saying, but that doesn’t make me a rebel. When Hank Williams sang about addiction and cheating and heartbreak and hating his life, he wasn’t being rebellious, he was being real.”


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