Kacey Musgraves‘ Golden Hour won the 2019 Grammy for Album of the Year! Congrats Kacey!
She beat out Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer, Kendrick Lamar and various artists’ Black Panther: The Album, Brandi Carlile’s By the Way I Forgive You, Drake’s Scorpion, H.E.R.’s H.E.R., and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys.
Kacey was also on our favorite albums of 2018 list, and while we did rank Cardi a little higher (and thought Cardi had a good chance), Kacey’s win is a very pleasant surprise! It’s cool to see the award going to a less Top 40-popular but artistically great and musically risky album like this one. Kacey had won Best Country Album and Best Country Song in the past, but this was her first win in a major category.
During her speech, Kacey said “Winning doesn’t make my album better than anyone else’s in that category, they’re all so good.” And she added, “Life is pretty tumultuous right now for all of us…and I feel like art is really thriving and it’s been really beautiful to see that. Thank you for championing mine.”
Kacey won three other awards tonight. Golden Hour also won Best Country Album, and Kacey also won Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy.”
She also performed twice. She played her song “Rainbow,” and she collaborated with Dolly Parton on a couple of Dolly’s songs. Lastly, she put out a new music video for “Rainbow” tonight. Watch all of those videos — and her acceptance speech videos for Album of the Year and Best Country Album — below.