Kacey Musgraves Wins CMA Award, Loses Panties

Backstage Confession Reveals Her Naked Honesty

Kacey Musgraves was honored, blessed, humbled and all that. But when she came backstage on Wednesday night (Nov. 5) to share her feelings after winning the CMA Award for song of the year, she was also feeling very naked.

“Right before I sang, my panties totally came off,” she said of her performance with Loretta Lynn on her 1971 single “You’re Lookin’ at Country.”

Musgraves had done the song in a short jeweled shift dress with sheer panels down the sides. So obviously, she’d worn specialty underwear — like Knicker Stickers or something similar — to compensate for the visibility.

“They were the stick-on kind, and then they weren’t stuck on, and the curtain was about to come up,” she said. “I had to rip them off and throw them to the side. They are somewhere around, so in case you see them, they’re mine.”

Wardrobe mishaps aside, Musgraves spent an ample amount of time talking about what the CMA Award for song of the year meant to her and fellow “Follow Your Arrow” writers Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.

“I can just honestly say, for a song that I was told could never and would never be a single, it just blows my mind, and it gives me a lot of faith that people still love connecting with a message and spreading something when they love it,” she said. “It’s an anthem for all kinds of people, and I could not be more proud.”

The newly-crowned song of the year didn’t make it past No. 10 on Billboard‘s country chart, which is a refreshing reminder that massive radio success isn’t the only route to the coveted top spot.

Clark joined Musgraves, saying she felt so fortunate her friend had had the guts to make this song a single. And McAnally added that the song wasn’t about pushing buttons or stirring up trouble.

“It’s going in and saying what’s in your heart that day,” he said.

“People always try to bring up the rebel card with me,” Musgraves said. “But if you go back in time, I’m nothing new.”

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Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.