Kacey Musgraves, who won Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Golden Hour, Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy,” and Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies,” released the music video for her track “Rainbow” shortly before performing it on stage at the Grammys.
Musgraves, a longtime LGBTQ ally, depicted the struggles of several people in the video including a single mother, a young man dealing with alcohol abuse, and a queer kid coming to peace with his parents. “It’ll be alright” is the song’s over-arching message.
Said Musgraves: “At 18, I was a lot more redneck than I am now. I think back to who I was then: being in a small-town high school and seeing a gay guy get made fun of, I’d like, laugh along and not really think much about it. A best friend came out to me right after high school, and that’s when I started getting it — my perspective completely changed. Moving to Nashville, I started hanging out at this gay club called Play all the time, and I made so many friends. It really hurt my heart that I had ever even been close to being the opposite of that.”
She also told HuffPost that she’d love to see a gay country music icon.
Said Musgraves: “I keep dreaming of the day when we have a gay country music icon, that is loud and proud and really, like, a hero for country music fans, especially in these small towns where [LGBTQ people] are terrified of being themselves and feel like they have to hide….If we had someone who could be that voice, a first-person account of that voice in our genre…I think it could be a really powerful thing.”