Kacey Musgraves Wins New Artist of the Year at 2013 CMAs

Posted on November 7, 2013 | by Amber von Nagel

Last night at the CMAs, Kacey Musgraves took home the award for New Artist of the Year. She was nominated for six awards altogether, tying with Taylor Swift for the most nominations of any artist of 2013.

During the awards, she performed her fan favorite "Follow Your Arrow" from her album Same Trailer, Different Park. The song has received both positive and negative attention from country music fans because of its support of LGBT rights as well as its references to marijuana, premarital sex, and alcohol. Despite the song's apparent controversy, the audience's reaction to the performance was overwhelmingly positive. Ironically, the line "If the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint—or don’t" was censored for the broadcast. 

Regarding the song's content, Musgraves said during her Country Radio Seminar performance, “I’m kind of a big believer in people just doing whatever the hell they want to do, because I feel like society’s probably going to have an opinion either way. And that’s what this is about.”

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