Kacey Musgraves censored during CMA performance of 'Follow Your Arrow.'
We're not sure what a good winning percentage for award shows is, because we've never been nominated for anything. Kacey Musgraves was nominated for a heck of a lot of awards at the CMA's this week, but only took home one trophy from her six nominations (Best New Artist). Although we're sure that Musgraves will collect many CMA prizes in the years to come, she had to be a little disappointed. And it probably didn't make her feel any better to get censored by the show's producers as she performed new single "Follow Your Arrow" onstage.
Musgraves was delivering this verse when the incident occurred: "Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys or kiss lots of girls if that's what you're into / When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint."
Viewers may have noticed an unexpected flash of silence as they watched on TV, and probably didn't hear the bit about "rolling up a joint." Musgraves noticed as well.
"Well, I guess for some reason, people feel the need to censor that word, yet they decide to leave the word 'crack' in there," she noted after the show.
She has a point. Although country music has long been considered among the more conservative genres, the kids these days are partying a little harder, and it's not just "alternative country" upstarts like Musgrave. Eric Church isn't shy about sharing his enjoyment of certain herbs, and even the biggest man in country today, Luke Bryan, has suggested in song that he may have a little something-something under the seat in his truck.
Beer, we have been informed, is still very welcome for CMA broadcasts.