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Kacey Musgraves mops up at the 2019 Grammys and claims Album of the Year

11 February 2019 news


Kacey Musgraves has become the first country music artist to win Album of the Year at the Grammys in nine years with ‘Golden Hour’, while winning all four of the awards she was nominated for.

The Texas born artist was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance (Butterflies), Best Country Song (Space Cowboy), Best Country Album (‘Golden Hour’) and Album of the Year (‘Golden Hour’) and won all four.

While Musgraves’ success in the country music sector for the Grammys is staggering in its own right, the fact she was the first country artist since Taylor Swift in 2010 with Fearless (before she fully converted to pop) to win the general Album of the Year award is colossal for the country music genre.

Elsewhere, Dan + Shay won Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Tequila, while Brandi Carlile took home Best American Roots Performance (The Joke), Best American Roots Song (The Joke) and Best Americana Album (‘By The Way, I Forgive You). Willie Nelson also won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (‘My Way’) on the night.

In terms of performances, there was a huge tribute to Dolly Parton that proved to be something of a 10-minute medley with a hoist of star names. Taking to the stage with Parton herself were Musgraves and Katy Perry for a rendition of Here You Come Again, before Miley Cyrus arrived onstage with Parton for Jolene.

Maren Morris then joined Parton and Cyrus for Parton’s cover of Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, with Morris and Cyrus taking up the singing positions of Linda Ronstandt and Emmylou Harris, before Little Big Town assisted Parton with Red Shoes. After that, all the special guests joined in with an amazing rendition of 9 to 5, bringing an end to the medley and to rapturous applause.

Musgraves performed Rainbow on the night, while Dan + Shay sang Tequila. Brandi Carlile also gave a performance of The Joke in what was a hugely successful night for country music and Americana.

List of winners in relevant categories (winners in bold):

Album of the Year

‘Invasion of Privacy’ – Cardi B
‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ – Brandi Carlile
‘Scorpion’ – Drake
‘H.E.R.’ – H.E.R.
‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ – Post Malone
‘Dirty Computer’ – Janelle Monae
‘Golden Hour’ – Kacey Musgraves 
‘Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By’ – Various Artists

Best Country Solo Performance

Wouldn’t It Be Great? – Loretta Lynn
Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters – Maren Morris
Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves
MillionaireChris Stapleton
Parallel Line – Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Shoot Me Straight – Brothers Osborne
Tequila – Dan + Shay
When Someone Stops Loving You – Little Big Town
Dear Hate – Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
Meant to Be – Florida Georgia Line ft. Bebe Rexha

Best Country Song

Break Up in the End – Cole Swindell
Dear Hate – Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
I Lived It – Blake Shelton
Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves
Tequila – Dan + Shay
When Someone Stops Loving You – Little Big Town

Best Country Album

‘Unapologetically’ – Kelsea Ballerini
‘Port Saint Joe’ – Brothers Osborne
‘Girl Going Nowhere’ – Ashley McBryde
‘Golden Hour’ – Kacey Musgraves 
‘From a Room: Volume 2’ – Chris Stapleton

Best American Roots Performance

Kick Rocks – Sean Ardion
Saint James Infirmary Blues – Jon Batiste
The Joke – Brandi Carlile
All On My Mind – Anderson East
Last Man Standing – Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song

All the Trouble – Lee Ann Womack
Build a Bridge – Mavis Staples
The Joke – Brandi Carlile
Knockin’ on Your Screen Door – John Prine
Summer’s End – John Prine

Best Americana Album

‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ – Brandi Carlile
‘Things Have Changed’ – Bettye LaVette
‘The Tree of Forgiveness’ – John Prine
‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ – Lee Ann Womack
‘One Drop of Truth’ – The Wood Brothers

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

‘Love is Here to Stay’ – Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
‘My Way’ – Willie Nelson
‘Nat “King” Cole & Me’ – Gregory Porter
‘Standards (Deluxe)’ – Seal
‘The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!’ – Barbra Streisand