Yeehaw, girls and gays, Kacey Musgraves has taken home the top prize at the 2019 Grammys, winning Album of the Year for country crossover Golden Hour. Take that, #GrammysSoMale!
One year after a ceremony that almost completely shut out female artists, the Grammys’ most coveted award was snagged by high femme tornado Musgraves, a vocal LGBTQ+ ally (and RuPaul’s Drag Race guest judge) whose pop-infused country record was one of our favorites of 2018. Musgraves, who also won for best country album, beat out Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, Brandi Carlile’s By the Way I Forgive You, Drake's Scorpion, H.E.R's H.E.R., Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys, Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer and the Black Panther soundtrack.
"Oh my god, it was unbelievable to be in a category with such gigantic albums, brilliant works of art," Musgraves said while accepting her award, wearing a stunning red Valentino number. "Life is tumultuous right now, and because of that, art is really thriving. I'm very lucky to have a trustworthy team who are honest with me. I love my husband so much and this album wouldn't have been created without you."
Musgraves is beloved by gays, and considering how right her wig was tonight it isn’t hard to understand why. Musgraves has also been vocal about her love for the queer community and her desire to open country to a LGBTQ+ audience. “It’s crazy that a certain kind of a person could feel excluded from a genre that’s so real — or supposed to be so real,” she told the New Yorker in 2018. That has always really pissed me off. Because I love the genre so much, I felt, 'Well fine, maybe I’ll just have an all-gay audience.'”
In January, Musgraves defended her decision to play at Coachella (whose parent company’s owner has a history of funding anti-LGBTQ+, pro-gun, and anti-abortion legislation) despite being “friend of the gays.” Musgraves said that she “can’t move to a different planet. There’s always going to be people with vastly different viewpoints than me. And what’s stronger than NOT playing it? Being one of not many females to play it and use the opportunity to shine light on my own perspective.”
With her gay icon status confirmed, Musgraves’ win is a win for queers...but Brandi Carlile was still robbed. And Janelle. And Cardi. Stream Invasion of Privacy on Spotify!