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Kacey Musgraves Recalls Performing at President Bush's Inaugural Ball & Her 'Anti-Country Phase': Watch

Kacey Musgraves will be accepting the innovator award at the 13th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 6 in New York City, and ahead of the big night, Billboard sat down with the singer to reflect upon some childhood memories with her and find out what advice she would give to her younger self.

Given several photographs from her childhood and her early career, Musgraves is first shown a picture of herself as a child in the '90s during a family camping trip. Explaining that she grew up “in the sticks,” Musgraves says that whenever she got bored, her mom would encourage her to ride a bike or write a song or poem, and that’s why she became interested in creating things.

Musgraves is also shown a picture (featuring her with a dog) from the early 2000s, which she reveals was taken by her sister, Kelly Sutton. “My sister liked to take photos,” she explains. “She actually still takes all my photos. She's done all my album covers and she designed them all. I'm kind of imagining this was maybe her trying that out or something back then.”

The singer is then prompted with a picture of herself wearing a red cowboy hat and a sparkly vest, holding a mandolin, to which she replies, “Oh, look at this nerd,” adding that the picture was taken around eighth grade when she performed on an early morning TV news program.

Musgraves is shown a handful of other images, including one that inspires her to tell a story about performing at President George W. Bush’s inaugural ball and another that featured her sporting, as Musgraves describes it, “a Kate Gosselin hybrid haircut,” which was from her “anti-country phase.”

Finally, Musgraves is asked to share some advice for her younger self, to which she responds, “Young Kacey, don't you ever fucking cut your hair like that ever again. Stop tweezing your eyebrows, they're not gonna grow back.”

“And I would also say, don't get discouraged,” she continues. “Don't feel like you're a loser because what you're doing now will pay off later. And stick with it, cause it makes you unique, and when we're younger we're scared of what makes us unique, I think.”

You can watch the full video above, and don’t forget to tune in to the Women in Music red carpet pre-show live on Twitter from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 6.

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