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Kacey Musgraves Included on Time’s ‘Women of the Year’ List

4 March 2022 | 12:43 pm | Mallory Arbour

TIME magazine has honoured genre-blending singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves in its new ‘Women of the Year’ issue

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Kacey Musgraves has been named one of TIME magazine’s most influential women.

In TIME’s ‘2022 Women of the Year’ March issue, the genre-blending singer-songwriter is featured alongside eleven other extraordinary leaders who are working toward a more equal world.

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Time's Lucy Feldman writes, “Kacey Musgraves isn’t afraid to go there. She’ll say the thing you might be thinking but would never voice out loud: Sometimes marriage means insecurity; it’s easier to get high than to talk through conflict; life would be better if we could go back to being kids.”

The 2022 list also includes Tracy Chou, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, Amanda Nguyen, Adena Friedman, Jennie Joseph, Afghan journalist Zahra Joya, Amanda Gorman, Sherrilyn Ifill, Allyson Felix, history-making trans actor Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and actor and activist Kerry Washington.

Time Executive Editor, Naina Bajekal and Senior Editor, Feldman underscored the need to highlight women this year and shared how they went about choosing 12 excellent women to feature: 

“The pandemic underscored the ways in which broken systems hurt women, from rising domestic violence to disproportionate job losses. When we sat down last fall to conceive a version of this project that could become an ongoing tradition, we chose to spotlight leaders who are working to create a better future for women everywhere. Our 2022 Women of the Year list features 12 individuals who have reached across communities, generations, and borders to fight for a more inclusive and equitable world.”

Musgraves released her fourth studio album, star-crossed, in September. Inspired by Musgraves’ divorce from fellow musician Ruston Kelly, the 15-song collection is structured as a modern-day tragedy in three acts, tells an extremely personal journey of heartache and healing. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this year in just under three weeks, reuniting Musgraves with writers and co-producers Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian.

star-crossed will follow-up her critically acclaimed 2018 album, Golden Hour. Exploring elements of disco, electro pop, electronica, pop, country and yacht rock (or adult-oriented rock), the album’s expansive sound substantially broadened her appeal across genres — resulting, in 2019, in Musgraves being the first woman to play both, the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals on successive weekends.

The album debuted at #4 on the US Billboard 200, and won all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Grammy Awards, including ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Country Album’. The album’s first singles also won awards – Butterflies for ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ and Space Cowboy for ‘Best Country Song’. Golden Hour also won ‘Album of the Year’ at both the ACM and CMA Awards, and is ranked at #270 on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list.

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