Kacey Musgraves’ family, friends proud of ‘our girl,’ in Time Magazine’s Women of the Year issue

“I hope they take from this that hard work and consistency will pay off if they just stick with it.’
East Texas country music star Kacey Musgraves has been tapped to present at the 91st Academy...
East Texas country music star Kacey Musgraves has been tapped to present at the 91st Academy Awards.(Source: Kacey Musgraves/Facebook | Source: Facebook)
Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 12:02 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2022 at 7:29 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas native who grew up in Golden and graduated from Mineola High School is one of 12 selected for TIME Magazine’s “Women of the Year” list.

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves is the newest face on TIME Magazine for their “Women of the Year” edition. TIME said, “creating a better future for women means building bridges—across generations, communities, and borders. These extraordinary leaders are working toward a more equal world.” Barbara Musgraves, Kacey’s grandmother, said she is very proud of her.

“Very excited for her because not only was it a big step to be a recognized as a women of the year, along with great women of the year, it was really an honor to be the one chosen for the cover, in my opinion,” she said.

Before Musgraves hit the road for big stages and venues, she began playing at the gazebo in Downtown Mineola. Mercy Rushing, is the city manager of the city of Mineola and family friends of the Musgraves.

“I remember Kacey, her first time when she decided she liked singing and she was singing, she sang at our festivals. Right Downtown Mineola at the gazebo,” Rushing said. “If you go by there that’s where she sang and then she sang at the theater downtown many, many times.”

Rushing heard the news through Barbara.

“She said, ‘I’ve got some great news, look at this. Look at our girl.’ And there it was,” Rushing said. “I wasn’t surprised because she’s doing so many great things and Kacey is all about being there for the underdog as well. She believes in equality for everybody.”

Barbara said she has seen firsthand how difficult the music industry can be, but big things are possible.

“I hope they take from this that hard work and consistency will pay off if they just stick with it. If they have a goal, make it, make that goal happen,” said Musgraves’ grandma.

The TIME Magazine article touches on points throughout Musgraves’ career, personal life, and how she handles being a woman in the industry.

Among the others given the title are lawyer and activist Amal Clooney, Afghan journalist Zahra Joya, Olympian Allyson Felix and NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman. In an interview with Time, Musgraves talked about everything from her struggles to achieve success in a male-dominated industry, to heartbreak, to therapy.

Read the full interview here.

“I remember Kacey, her first time when she decided she liked singing and she was singing, she sang at our festivals. Right Downtown Mineola at the gazebo,” Rush

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