Last Thursday, Kacey Musgraves was honored with the Innovator Award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music ceremony. The country star marked the special moment with a heartfelt performance of “Butterflies” from her Grammy-nominated album, Golden Hour.
Musgraves opted for a dreamy, laid-back string arrangement. Armed with an acoustic guitar, the singer was backed only by a cellist and banjo player. “Butterflies,” a song Musgraves penned alongside her long-time collaborators Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird, is an ode to her husband. “It represents those feelings that you have when you’re first meeting somebody and you fall in love,” she told NPR in an earlier interview.
That night during her acceptance speech, Musgraves took the time to reflect the importance of female perspectives in music. “I feel really hopeful and proud about the state of the modern woman,” she said. “Her bravery, her unapologetic celebration of rights. Her life, her mind, and her art. And definitely most of all, her realness. And I’ve been craving realness for so long.”
Check out her moving performance of “Butterflies” below: