CMT Crossroads has a long history of pairing country acts with artists from other genres, spawning epic TV specials and collaborations. The show will celebrate its 50th episode by pairing pop superstar Katy Perry with country’s critical darling, Kacey Musgraves. The episode will air on June 13th on CMT at 10pm EST.
“From the moment I heard ‘Merry Go Round’ by Kacey Musgraves, I knew we were cut from the same songwriter’s cloth,” Perry tells Billboard. “I have been a fan and a friend of hers from the beginning, always championing her prolific songs every opportunity I get. To me, Kacey Musgraves is an artist that should be a household name because she offers a unique perspective with her writing style. It’s going to be a BLAST to play on each other’s songs this Crossroads. It will be a preview to our Prismatic World Tour road trip this summer WHICH I CAN’T WAIT FOR!”
Musgraves adds in a statement to Billboard, “I’ve been such a HUGE fan of Katy and her vision since I found out about her. And since she’s found out about me she’s been an amazing light and friend to me. So, joining forces with her for Crossroads is going to be incredible. In some ways we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum, but in a lot of ways our music makes total sense together. Her songs, while having grit, are so fun and it’ll be a cool challenge to throw a little country on ’em. I love her brain and her heart and I can’t wait for our two musical worlds to collide!”
The show will tape later this month in Los Angeles. Additionally, Musgraves will join Perry on her Prismatic Tour this summer.
When it comes to CMT, sometimes the performers request unattainable collaborations. However, that wasn’t the case with Katy & Kacey. According to John Hamlin, senior VP-music events and talent at CMT, “When it comes to Kacey and Katy…they were each other’s first choice.”