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Kacey Musgraves Recalls Her Grandma's Disapproving Reaction to Her Nude “Deeper Well ”Album Cover

"She was like, 'Kacey, you're a singer, not a stripper.' And I was like, 'Well, you know what? You can be both,'" said Musgraves in a new interview

<p>Bruce Glikas/Getty</p> Barbara Musgraves and Kacey Musgraves in New York City in April 2023

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Barbara Musgraves and Kacey Musgraves in New York City in April 2023

Getting a nose piercing isn't Kacey Musgraves' only action that's thrown her grandmother for a loop.

In a new interview on the Apple Music Country showToday's Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen, the Grammy-winning "High Horse" singer recounted her grandma's disapproving reaction to seeing her nude on an alternate cover of her new album Deeper Well.

The topic arose as Musgraves, 35, explained the inspiration behind the artwork, a photo of her from the back, laying naked in a field, taken by her sister Kelly.

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<p>Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country</p> Kelleigh Bannen and Kacey Musgraves

Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country

Kelleigh Bannen and Kacey Musgraves

"I just randomly had this idea… Because it was a big, wide open green space. And I was like, 'What if I was just really small?' Like in the fetal position, sort of, into the earth," she told the radio program. "And it's just sort of vulnerable and almost like rebirth, I guess."

Later, Kacey wanted to take share the work with the rest of their family. "I was showing my parents and my grandparents the photos that my sister had taken. And then the naked one came up, and Nana was like, 'Gasp!' Like she just saw a car wreck, basically," she recalled of her grandmother, Barbara.

"And she was like, 'No!' She was like, 'That's not… that’s a cover?' And I was like, 'Yeah, it's one of the covers,'" added the "Butterflies" performer. "And she was like, 'Kacey, you're a singer, not a stripper.' And I was like, 'Well, you know what? You can be both.'"

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<p>Frazer Harrison/Getty </p> Kacey Musgraves at the Grammys in Los Angeles in February 2024

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Kacey Musgraves at the Grammys in Los Angeles in February 2024

Versions of Deeper Well featuring the alternate album cover are available at Kacey's website, while the artwork can also be viewed on her social media pages.

The country star has made it known that her grandmother can have strong reactions to her unexpected moves. On the Golden Hour opening track "Slow Burn," Kacey sings, "Texas is hot / I can be cold / Grandma cried when I pierced my nose."

In a 2018 interview with Stereogum, the musician reflected on their tight-knit relationship and revealed her grandmother also isn't a fan of her penchant for using strong language.

<p>Jason Kempin/Getty</p> Kacey Musgraves in Nashville on March 18, 2024

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Kacey Musgraves in Nashville on March 18, 2024

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"She’s such a trip. She came the other day to the listening party and this lady, she was like my booking agent when I was like 12," recalled Kacey. "She was like at the ready to give anyone a CD and try to get everyone to book me for their event, but weirdly, it worked most of the time. But she is just funny."

At the time, she continued, "After all these years, I’m almost 30 years old, and she still has such a giant issue that I cuss a lot. And I’m like, 'This is not a new fact, like you’ve known this for many years now,' and she just shudders every time I say anything, she’s just like, 'Kacey.'"

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