Kacey Musgraves was country music’s big winner at Sunday night’s 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. She picked up three awards in total, including Best Country Album for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She also won the GRAMMY for Best Country Song for “Merry Go ‘Round” as both the song’s writer and performer.
“I’m so thankful for this song,” she said. I wrote it with Josh Osbourne and Shane McAnally. One of my favorite writing combos, and God, I’m just so thankful that it was the first thing that I kind of got to say to the music world.”
Darius Rucker was also a winner, picking up the GRAMMY for Best Solo Country Performance for his hit song, “Wagon Wheel.”
“Somebody had played ‘Wagon Wheel’ for me years ago,” he said. “It was one of those things I didn’t really get. So, I’m at my daughter’s high school talent show, and I’m sitting in the audience with my family. We were watching my daughter, and the faculty band gets up. It’s just the faculty from her school, and they play ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And I’m sitting in the audience, and they get to the middle of the chorus, and I turned to my wife and I go, ‘I’ve got to cut this song.’”
The Civil Wars took home the trophy for Best Country Duo/Group performance for their song “From This Valley.”
Country music was also well-represented on the stage. Hunter Hayes debuted his new single, “Invisible,” while Keith Urban was joined by Gary Clark, Jr. on Keith’s new single, “Cop Car.” Taylor Swift sat at a piano for a heartfelt rendition of “All Too Well” and Kacey Musgraves donned a pair of LED-lit cowboy boots during a performance of “Follow your Arrow.”
In a GRAMMY moment, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Blake Shelton took the stage together in a tribute to The Highwaymen. Miranda Lambert was the last country performance of the night, teaming up with Billie Joe Armstrong for a tribute to the late Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers.