Kacey Musgraves Becomes First Country Artist on the Cover of ‘The Fader’

Kacey Musgraves is set to become the first country artist in history to grace the cover of indie music magazine The Fader. She will join a long list of artists on the verge that have been featured on their cover since their launch in 1999.

“She writes melodies that are really sticky, in the same way that, say, Future or Rich Homie Quan does,” The Fader editor-in-chief Naomi Zeichner said of Musgraves to Billboard. “We didn’t want to single her out as a token liberal country star. Kacey happens to be one of the most exciting writers and guitar players out there, and we want to be a definitive place for music profiles that dig deeper and get the stories behind the people making music that matters.”

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In the interview, Musgraves doesn’t hold back her opinion on her feelings about the current state of country music and how women are portrayed in the industry. She also addresses the backlash she felt after she was shown frowning at the 2013 CMA Awards when she lost the Female Vocalist of The Year Award to Miranda Lambert.

“Especially for women, you need a certain face at award shows when you lose or you’re an asshole,” Musgraves says in the cover story. “You can’t have a potty mouth or an opinion. In the South, getting judged on superficial stuff is a real thing. And I’m not attacking the people that might get something positive out of pageantry, I’m just not into being judged in that way. I’d rather lose for what I am than win for something that I’m not.”

The Fader’s Summer Music Issue, which will hit newsstands on June 30, will feature four different covers that each showcase a different artist, including Musgraves, hip hop artist Meek Mill and two other artists yet to be announced.

Kacey Musgraves’ new album, Pageant Material, is set to be released June 23.

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Kacey Musgraves Becomes First Country Artist on the Cover of ‘The Fader’