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Singer Kacey Musgraves is on the rise

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Kacey Musgraves’s four nominations for Sunday’s Grammy Awards speak to just how broad her appeal is. The country singer-songwriter is up for best new artist, in a field that also includes indie electronic artist James Blake, rapper Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and British pop singer Ed Sheeran.

Her latest release, “Same Trailer Different Park,” is nominated for best country album, and she has two nods in the category of best country song, for co-writing her own “Merry Go ’Round” and “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Miranda Lambert recorded.

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Then, of course, there’s Musgraves’s touring schedule. After being on the road with country juggernaut Lady Antebellum, including a show at TD Garden on Jan. 31, Musgraves will join pop star Katy Perry as one of her opening acts on tour this summer.

Not bad for a 25-year-old artist who self-released her first three albums.

“It’s overwhelming in the best, most flattering way possible,” Musgraves told the Globe last week as the Grammys loomed.

Q. We’re getting closer to the big night. How are you feeling?

A. Oh, my gosh. I’m just beside myself that I’m even able to be there. I’m freaking out a little, but it’s a good freak-out. My mom is coming as my date.

Q. I don’t know if you have siblings, but that officially makes you the best child ever.

A. She’s never been to an awards show, so I figure this is a good place to start.

Q. What’s Mom going to wear?

A. She doesn’t know yet. My stylist is picking out some stuff for her. She’s never had her hair and makeup done either, so it’s going to be a really nice time for her.

Q. Where were you when you heard about the nominations?

A. I was in Milwaukee, onstage playing a show. Somebody in my camp told me in my in-ears that I had gotten a nomination. I was freaking out and told the crowd. It was the best way to end what was an insane year. It felt validating.

Q. Be honest: Have you written your acceptance speech yet?

A. No, I haven’t. I don’t usually write them. I like to play it by ear when I get up there. If I get to get up there, we’ll see if I can even get a word out. I’d much rather have musical notes coming out of my mouth than words.

Q. You’re going on the road with Katy Perry this summer. What’s your favorite song of hers?

A. Ooh, favorite Katy song? I like a lot of her new record, but I’ve been a fan for a while. She’s ballsy as a songwriter. I mean, “Teenage Dream” is the ultimate pop song. It’s so good – a little melancholy, but really pretty and kind of uplifting.

Q. Not every artist would fit on a lineup with both Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum. What does that say about your career?

A. Since I’ve started, I’ve told everybody that I’m just inspired by music. I love country music and want to continue making it, but most of all I just want to make good music. I’m inspired by so many other things. I just want to appeal to music lovers. I want to be able to play the CMA (Country Music Association) fest and then turn around and play Bonnaroo. I think I’ve been able to do that, and that’s been a dream of mine. All these different things have added to this big quilt I’ve been able to make.

James Reed can be reached at jreed@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJamesReed.
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