Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

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Jason Owen & Kacey Musgraves photographed by Joseph Llanes on November 4th at Sandbox Entertainment in Nashville.

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Kacey Musgraves' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park, returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas native was seen for the first time by a broad, pop audience singing "Follow Your Arrow" -- a pro-individuality, pro-toking, pro-gay flashpoint that became the lowest-charting single ever to win song of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

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Jason Owen, manager: She didn't write "Follow Your Arrow" to be a political song. She was just trying to share a message that she believed in. We had to fight to have it as a single. We did end up having full support on it once we got that decision made, but it was not an easy track.

Kacey Musgraves: It stalled at No. 43 on the [Country Airplay] chart. But people connected with it because of the message, which is the true measure of a great song.

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Cindy Mabe, president, Universal Music Group Nashville: She had something to say in a format that didn't have a lot of depth at the time. We did get some radio airplay, but we looked for other opportunities for exposure. Owen Ken Ehrlich, the Grammys' executive producer, had his eye on her for months before the awards. We also took a chance having Kacey tour with Katy Perry, but it was the best tour package we've ever done. From merch sales and social media, you could see Katy's audience turning into fans.

 

 

Musgraves: Getting to sing with Loretta Lynn at the CMA Awards the same night that "Follow Your Arrow," which I literally was told to my face would never be a single, got song of the year was absolutely mind-blowing. At this point I don't have a bucket list anymore. I'm just along for the ride.

2014's No. 1's: J Balvin & Farruko  | Idina Menzel & the 'Frozen' SoundtrackTove Lo, Kiesza, & Nick Jonas | Taylor Swift | Barbra Streisand | Weird Al Yankovic | Ed Sheeran & Charli XCX | Nicki Minaj | 'Guardians of the Galaxy' SoundtrackEnrique Iglesias | Kacey Musgraves | Santana | Sam SmithIggy Azalea | Jason Derulo | Meghan Trainor, Nico & Vinz

This article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard.

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