Six-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves knows that women have always been at the forefront of country music.
“I would like to see the stereotype that women have a harder time in country music change,” Musgraves told Variety at her Power of Women shoot. “I can say it’s a tired conversation at this point and that we’ve seen — over the last couple years especially — women making great music and telling their stories. The roots of the genre are built on strong women.”
The country star’s fourth studio album, “Golden Hour,” won four Grammys last year, including album of the year and best country album. Female artists made a big showing at the awards after critics, artists and fans made a call for better gender representation.
“I don’t necessarily want to believe that it’s just because of a coalition of people wanting to right a wrong,” the singer explained. “I think it’s because women are really talented and important as a creative perspective. There’s been countless numbers of women who have released some really amazing art. It was time for a tide to change, but there also has to be art to back that up, and there actually really is.”
Musgraves will be honored at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon on April 5 at Cipriani Midtown in New York, along with Bette Midler, Gigi Hadid, Taraji P. Henson and Christiane Amanpour.