Kacey Musgraves’ Big CMA Win Advances Country’s Slow March Towards Gay Acceptance


The Country Music Association could have paired anyone with Loretta Lynn for a duet of the legend’s “You’re Lookin’ at Country” at last night’s annual awards ceremony, but they chose Kacey Musgraves. She’s arguably Nashville’s most progressive voice, at least in her music, and to use her as an embodiment of country seemed to be a subtle statement about where the CMA may think the genre should be headed. Of course, they said as much in explicit terms just minutes before Musgraves’ duet: they awarded her Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow,” a gay ally/pro-weed anthem that received less radio airplay than its competition — songs from Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Lee Brice — in the year since its release as a single.

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