Kacey Musgraves: ‘Women are making better music than men’


Kacey Musgraves is excited to see that “women are creating better music” than their male peers.

The Follow Your Arrow star is one of the hottest artists in the country music industry today, and is up for the Album of the Year gong at the upcoming Grammy Awards for her record Golden Hour, as well Country Album, Country Song for Space Cowboy and Country Solo Performance for Butterflies.

When it comes to her competition in the Album of the Year category, Kacey is up against Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Drake, H.E.R., Post Malone, Janelle Monae and music from and inspired by the movie Black Panther. But the 30-year-old is sure a woman will take home the gong, as she believes her fellow female singers are at the top of their game when it comes to coming up with new tunes.

“I think it’s really exciting to see the music industry as a whole moving toward fairness, but I also think that women are creating better music. It’s a combination of both,” she told Billboard’s Pop Shop Podcast. “It takes women to have the balls to be unique enough to be noticed, but it takes somebody to notice and to be fair about that. I think it’s kind of a bipartisan growth. It’s happening.”

But regardless of who takes home the gong, Kacey considers it a “huge honor” to even have been nominated.

“Being in a category where it’s, quote-unquote, whatever they’re hailing as the ‘best album of the year’ in a year that did have so many great things, and in a category where these records amassed giant sales numbers, giant radio play, and mine didn’t, it’s just a different kind of album,” she mused.

“I just think that everyone is great in the category, and it’s very diverse. I think that’s really rad, and it just makes me feel like my hard work is paying off. It just reinforces the fact that songs are songs and it doesn’t matter what genre that you step out of; people just want to connect. That’s the main takeaway from that, whether I win or not.”