She was presented the award for best country song for “Merry Go ’Round” before the telecast — which also went to her co-writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne — and then collected the coveted best country album award for her debut, Same Trailer Different Park.
“Oh, my goodness! I can’t believe it,” she said from the podium after Martina McBride and Zac Brown Band handed her the country album trophy. “I got to make a record that I poured myself into and I’m so proud of. And I couldn’t ask for two better co-producers, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. [Thank you to] all the wonderful musicians that played on this record and brought these songs to life … [and] the Nashville songwriting community that truly inspired me and literally made me who I am.”
During her performance, she proved to the Grammy audience and millions watching at home that “Follow Your Arrow” has a point — and it’s blunt. A champion of the “love who you love” ideology, the Texas native delivered a sweet, upbeat performance.
Because it’s coming from a country singer, “Follow Your Arrow” has garnered attention for its references of smoking weed and gay romance. However, these attributes probably aren’t all that unusual at the Grammy Awards.
At any rate, Musgraves and her band stood on a small, circular stage in the middle of Staples Center, surrounded by orange, pink and green neon cacti. Musgraves’ cowboy boots glimmered with small, electric light bulbs. So did her band’s jackets.
But if anything lit up the stage, it was Musgraves’ pleasant, expressive face. Although she’s been caught on camera looking dour and bored on other shows, she was a charmer on Grammy night.