For the first time in its 25-year history, the people of GLAAD have invited a country singer to perform at their big event in New York City. And that singer is Kacey Musgraves.
Why Musgraves, and why now? Because GLAAD -- the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization -- thinks her YOLO-themed song "Follow Your Arrow" is the right kind of message for right now.
"America's heartland is changing, and support for equality continues to grow across party lines, in our faith institutions and in country music," GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release announcing the event. "Kacey Musgraves is ushering in a new era in the country music industry, where supporting all loving families is now a core country value. It's only fitting then that Kacey is to become the first country music artist to perform at the New York GLAAD Media Awards."
The press release notes that Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow," her single from 2013, "broke barriers in the country music industry." Not just because of the "make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that's something you're into" lyric. It's more about the big picture of acceptance that Musgraves paints with the simple line, "Love who you love."
The awards show recognizes media and individuals, like Musgraves, for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.
The event will be held May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Openly gay country music artist Chely Wright will introduce Musgraves.