Blake Shelton may have won Album of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards, and George Strait may have taken home Entertainer of the Year honors. But who shot to No. 1 on the iTunes country albums chart (and No. 3 on the all-genre rankings) the next morning? That would be Kacey Musgraves, the 25-year-old Texas native who won Best New Artist and performed her much-discussed (and FCC-bleeped in the live broadcast, for its reference to smoking a joint) single “Follow Your Arrow.”
A few days before the CMAs, EW chatted with Musgraves, whose album Same Trailer Different Park won major acclaim earlier this year, about tying Taylor Swift, dying for Dolly Parton, and where she stands on the Luke Bryan/Zac Brown feud.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You tied Taylor Swift for the most nominations at the CMAs—six each. How did you get the news?
KACEY MUSGRAVES: I was woken up by a phone call from friends and my manager. And my roommate downstairs was screaming up at me. [Laughs]
Were you trying to stay asleep to distract yourself from your nerves?
No, I was just hungover. But it was a good reason to get out of bed, I’d say. READ FULL STORY