Kacey Musgraves opened RodeoHouston last February. This month, she’ll perform at The Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The pride and joy of Golden, Texas—a little town 84 miles east of Dallas—is 2019’s country music supernova Kacey Musgraves (@spaceykacey). Already this year, she’s won four Grammy Awards, including album of the year for her third album, Golden Hour; presented at the Academy Awards in a bubblegum pink Giambattista Valli Couture gown fresh off of the runway; and opened the world-renowned RodeoHouston, where she nearly broke the internet with her cover of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla’s “Como la Flor.” From her Grammys sweep, the 30-year-old has been launched into “it” girl status of intergalactic proportions. She’s adored by many spheres—for example, the fashion world, for her couture blend of Nancy Sinatra’s Western and the glam theatrics of Cher; and the music world, for her songwriting akin to Neil Young’s, paired with sweet vocals a la Loretta Lynn—but it’s all on her terms. Musgraves swerves from the country music bombshell stereotype, living in her own world of cosmic color, digging in the heels of those crystal-swathed boots, to remain resolutely Kacey. For Dallas, a city that prides itself on being an epicenter of cultural modernity in the Southwest, Musgraves is someone we can be proud to call ours. In March, she jampacked The Bomb Factory for the homecoming performance of her winning season. “I’ve been waiting a long time to come home and celebrate,” she told the crowd, including her grandmother sitting in the balcony. “We’re gonna have a damn good time.”