Why Kacey Musgraves’ Album ‘Star-Crossed’ Isn’t Eligible for Best Country Album at 2021 Grammys

by Thad Mitchell

One of the top country albums of the year, Kacey Musgraves’ “Star-Crossed,” will not be eligible for a big-time award.

“Star-Crossed,” Kacey Musgraves latest album offering, has been deemed ineligible for the Best Country Album Grammy Award. The news comes as a shock and disappointment to country music fans. Kacey Musgraves put the album out just a few weeks ago and country music fans dig it. The album features 15 tracks and is a little over 43 minutes long. It won’t be winning album of the year, however, at the 64th annual Grammy’s on January 31 of next year.

According to a Billboard report, this decision took place a week ago during the Recording Academy’s annual screening committee meeting. At this meeting, musical submissions are looked at to ensure they are put in the appropriate category. The screening committee can disapprove of recordings if they do not fit into the country music genre. They will, however, remain eligible for the all-genre album of the year category. This appears to be the case with Kacey Musgraves and her album “Star-Crossed” though many consider it country. A song on the album, “Camera Roll,” is even in the Best Country Song category.

Billboard also notes that Cindy Mabe, president of Universal Music Group Nashville, wrote a letter to Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr., expressing her displeasure over the situation. She makes it clear in her letter that she and others are not happy with the decision.

“This decision from the country committee to not accept ‘star-crossed’ into the country albums category is very inconsistent and calls into question the other agendas that were part of this decision,” she says in the letter.

Kacey Musgraves Finds Success With Latest Album ‘Star-Crossed’

Kacey Musgraves’ latest album has already been one of her most successful ones, even though it came out on September 10. “Star-Crossed” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and at number three on the all-genre Billboard 200. The high ranking that the album is getting adds even more frustration to the Grammy Award exclusion.

Kacey Musgraves already has six Grammy Award wins with five of those wins coming in country music categories.

“The Grammy’s have been a destination of artist discovery and for Kacey, it’s a place where her musical history was written,” Mabe writes. Taking her out of the country category actually does harm to a format struggling with change and inclusivity overall.”

“Star-Crossed” is Kayce Musgraves’s fifth studio album and the follow-up to her highly successful album “Golden Hour,” put out in 2018. Her star continues to rise up the country music ranks as she combines her smooth voice with unique tones and intense lyrics.