Grammys 2019: Kacey Musgraves bags coveted Album of the Year

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Kacey Musgraves, one of country music’s most critically praised artists, took home the Grammy for Album of the Year on Sunday (Feb 10).

It was an upset win for a genre-bending musician who infused Golden Hour with elements of psychedelia.

The Nashville-based musician’s third studio album beat out a crowded field of releases from heavyweights including rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

She also bested fellow female artists including Cardi B, Janelle Monae and Brandi Carlile to snare the coveted prize, in a year that saw women recognised across the top categories, after largely being snubbed in 2018.

“It was unbelievable to be even in a category with such gigantic albums, really brilliant works of art,” Musgraves told the audience at the Staples Centre.

She won four Grammys in all – the others were for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.

She took the country world by storm in 2013 with her banjo-heavy hit Merry Go ‘Round – winning a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2014 and scoring a nomination for Best New Artist.

She won a second Grammy for Best Country Album that same year.

She is considered an innovator in the historically conservative world of country music.

Rolling Stone magazine has dubbed her “one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values”.

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