Country music star — and recent Grammy winner — Kacey Musgraves released her newest music video.
Titled Rainbow, the song and video is an emotional piano ballad dedicated to everyone facing struggles in life.
Some of the people featured in the video are a man struggling with alcohol addiction, a single mother, and a male teen figuring out his identity.
In the video, the teen puts on some red lipstick as he stares out a window into the golden sunlight. The next scene shows him at a dinner table with his parents yelling violently and angrily.
Throughout the video, Musgraves appears in an ethereal dress and sings to the people: ”Cause the sky is finally open, the rain and wind stopped blown” and that there’s ‘always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head’.
Musgraves also performed the song last night at the Grammys, while lit up by a rainbow.
It wasn’t the only exceptional moment of her evening. She ended up walking away with four awards, including Album of the Year. She also won Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance for Butterflies, and Best Country Song for Space Cowboy.
Wanting a gay country music icon
Musgraves has been outspoken LGBTI ally for several years. In 2013, she released the song Follow Your Arrow, which encouraged her fans to ‘kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls, if that’s what you’re into’.
Since then, she has played LGBTI festivals and written supportive words for the community.
In an interview with the Huffington Post last year, Musgraves acknowledged her privilege as a straight ally.
‘I keep dreaming of the day when we have a gay country music icon, that is loud and proud and really, like, a hero for country music fans, especially in these small towns where [LGBTQ people] are terrified of being themselves and feel like they have to hide,’ she said.
‘If we had someone who could be that voice, a first-person account of that voice in our genre. I think it could be a powerful thing.’