Kacey Musgraves caught up with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs on the red carpet at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala on Friday (Feb. 8), discussing her Grammy nominations, new music, and why she loves Dolly Parton so much.
Asked if she has an acceptance speech prepared for the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Musgraves notes that she mainly wants to convey how thankful she is, because her music has connected with people in a way that she never expected it would.
The singer was also asked if she has started on the follow-up to her album, Golden Hour, or if she has any ideas as to what she wants to explore with her next record.
“I haven’t had a chance to really stop and explore that,” Musgraves says. “That’s one thing with Golden Hour, is that I really had the luxury of time to just create and explore and throw paint at the walls, see what sticks, what colors I like, and I wanted to get to do that again. But there are a couple of songs that I really like so far that are new … I’m gonna get to go in [the studio] soon, hopefully, and toy around with it.”
Musgraves also touched on where she might draw inspiration from for her next release. “It’s really just real life, the things I’m going through,” she explains. “My relationships, messing up, being human, learning from other people, hitting my 30s, exploring what this next decade might be like, and all of that, getting married, lots of changes, but lots of really good ones.”
Musgraves chats about the evening’s honoree, Dolly Parton, as well, calling her the “ultimate songwriter” and revealing that her favorite thing about Parton is how she has so many components that are “perfectly melded together.”
“Beauty, sex appeal, brains, wit, humor, beautiful songwriting, meaningful songwriting, no apologies for who she is, LGBTQ advocate long before it was even a thing or trendy or whatever,” Musgraves says. “She’s fearless and I admire her spirit a lot and she’s very kind. She’s very present when you’re talking to her and I just really love her so much.”
Watch the full video interview with Musgraves above.