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Kacey Musgraves was the country music belle of the ball at the Grammy Awards tonight, walking away with two trophies. Her critically acclaimed debut, Same Trailer Different Park, won Best Country Album, and her song “Merry Go ’Round” claimed the Best Country Song prize.
Kacey bested some stiff competition in both categories, including Taylor Swift, who ended up leaving empty-handed.
Also walking away with tiny gramophones were Darius Rucker, who won Best Country Solo Performance for “Wagon Wheel,” and The Civil Wars, who scored the Best Country Duo/Group Performance award for “From This Valley” from their self-titled album.
Speaking to the press after her big wins, a still-glowing Kacey said, “I can’t put into words how excited I am to represent the country music genre with the music that I’ve gotten to make. I made a record that was inspired by real life, everything that I was going through at the time, but also all of the traditional elements of country music that I’m in love with, that I grew up with—the Lorettas, the Glen Campbells, the Marty Robbins. And if there’s a way I can be a part in preserving that but also making it my own, then I feel like I’ve done my job.”
In addition to winning two awards, Kacey also performed current single, “Follow Your Arrow.” She was among several country performers on the telecast, some of whom were paired up with artists outside the genre. Keith Urban teamed up with blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. on Keith’s “Cop Car.” Miranda Lambert joined Billie Joe Armstrong of the pop-punk trio Green Day to harmonize on the Everly Brothers song “When Will I Be Loved” in tribute to the late Phil Everly. Hunter Hayes debuted his poignant anti-bullying ballad “Invisible,” and Taylor performed a dramatic rendition of “All Too Well.”
Veteran artists also got time in the spotlight as surviving Highwaymen Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson were joined by Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton for a medley of classic tunes, including “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”