Kacey Musgraves has the distinction of being the first country artist ever to perform at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Introduced by openly-gay singer Chely Wright (who performed at the show in 2010 in San Francisco), Musgraves took the stage with her anthemic single "Follow Your Arrow" on May 3rd.
Lifted from her Grammy Award winning album "Same Trailer Different Park," the song speaks to everyone who is a little bit different. "Just cause you can't beat 'em don't mean you should join 'em," she sings on the song's progressive-thinking lyrics. Despite not becoming a bonafide hit, the song has certainly gotten plenty of attention by the industry. In fact, the song's message is a huge reason for Musgraves' involvement at the event. “America’s heartland is changing and support for equality continues to grow across party lines, in our faith institutions, and in country music,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in the press release last week.
Ellis added, “[She] is ushering in a new era in the country music industry, where supporting all loving families is now a core country value.”
Taking place as the Waldorlf Astoria, The GLAAD Media Awards honor those in media (ranging from music, TV and film) for their heartfelt contributions to furthering LGBT issues and fighting for equal rights. Other special GLAAD guests included Laverne Cox, Laura Prepon, Samira Wiley ("Orange is the New Black"); Robin Weigert, Stacie Passon ("Concussion"); Candis Cayne ("Elementary"); Dennis Starr, Joan Koplan, Irwin Koplan, Christa Stephens ("Small Town Security"); and GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr..
Check out Musgraves' performance above.