The magical year for country song artist Kacey Musgraves continued Sunday at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. Musgraves, who grew up in Golden and attended school in Mineola, was named Female Artist of the Year. Her critically acclaimed album Golden Hour was selected Album of the Year.
All told, Musgraves, who began writing songs at age 9 and worked under the tutelage of local music guru John Defoore, was nominated for five CMA awards. Country star Miranda Lambert of Lindale was also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, along with Ashley McBride, Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris.
Golden Hour also captured album and country album of the year at the Grammy Awards in February.
Writing for the music industry publication Pitchfork, Sam Sodomsky describes Golden Hour as “alluringly cohesive, both lyrically and musically.” He called the album a “comfortable culmination of her pop and country instincts.”
Musgraves also picked up Grammys for best country solo performance for the song Butterflies and best country song for Space Cowboys. Musgraves now has six Grammys after collecting a pair of in 2014.
Just recently, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville announced that she will join Brooks & Dunn and the late Keith Whitley with exhibits opening this year. In March, representatives from the Country Music Hall of Fame came to Mineola to collect memorabilia to display at the exhibit, which is expected to open in July.
Before the awards ceremony, she told CMT News that she believes music can be a positive force in a tumultuous world.
“I just think that music — in these times of chaos and turmoil — is this glue that kind of holds us all together,” Musgraves said. “We count on it; we find solace in it, hope and humor in it. And it’s really something that gets us all through the hard times. And these days can feel a little bit tumultuous, so that’s why I think we need music more than ever. If anyone, even one person, can find a little bit of that in a song that I had anything to do with, it’s like, Man, that’s so cool.”