Kacey Musgraves to Perform at New York GLAAD Media Awards
LGBT organization selected Kacey because she is “ushering in a new era in the country music industry.”
There was a time when country music was perceived as too conservative to support such ideas as same-sex relationships. Enter Kacey Musgraves, whose live-and-let-live lyrics in “Follow Your Arrow” have not only put a fresh face on the format, but brought her to the attention of the organization GLAAD, which has announced her as the first country music artist to perform at the annual New York Media Awards.
In a release, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis states, “America’s heartland is changing and support for equality continues to grow across party lines, in our faith institutions, and in country music. Kacey Musgraves is ushering in a new era in the country music industry, where supporting all loving families is now a core country value. It’s only fitting that then Kacey is to become the first country must artist to perform at the New York GLAAD Media Awards.”
Kacey will be introduced by openly gay country artist Chely Wright, who performed at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco in 2010. Pop star Kylie Minogue will also perform at this year’s New York event, and TV icon George Takei will be honored.
GLAAD is an organization established to combat media defamation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for more than 25 years. The annual Media Awards were created to honors those members of the media who honor their intentions with “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.”