Kacey Musgraves’ New Album Excluded From Country Music Categories at Grammys

The Recording Academy has ruled Kacey Musgraves’ album Star-Crossed ineligible to compete in Country categories for this year’s Grammys.

According to Billboard, the Recording Academy’s screening committee decided that Musgraves’ new album does not fit into the country genre enough to qualify for consideration for Best Country Album.

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Kacey’s record label, Universal Music Group Nashville, sent a letter to the Recording Academy protesting the album’s exclusion.

UMG President Cindy Mabe wrote, “Kacey Musgraves is a beacon in a format ready to push back on the ideas that there is more than one way to succeed, there is more than one sound and perspective for what country music is and most importantly who it speaks to.”

Mabe also cites the fact that Star-Crossed utilized the same production and mixing staffs, and most of the same writers, as Musgraves’ Golden Hour, which was awarded the Grammy for Country Album of the Year in 2019.

See Mabe’s complete letter here.