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Kacey Musgraves performs ‘Star-Crossed’ in front of a heart on fire at the MTV VMAs

Kacey Musgraves performed the title track to her recent album Star-Crossed at last night’s (September 12th) MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Musgraves opened her performance with a sparse acoustic arrangement by candlelight. As the slow-burning track began to grow, Musgraves made her way through a slew of neon hearts with a sword through them. The largest heart was aflame, as Musgraves sang along to the brooding tune throughout the VMAs.

Last night’s rendition marked the live debut of “Star-Crossed.” The song has a clear reference to Romeo and Juliet, and given Musgraves’ recent divorce, the performance was quite emotional. The brooding tune is a breakup anthem, as Musgraves croons, “Let me set the scene/ Two lovers ripped right at the seams.”

Watch Musgraves’ powerful performance of “Star-Crossed” at the MTV VMAs below.

At the VMAs, the Foo Fighters were also awarded the Global Icon Award. The award “celebrates an artist/band whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond. The VMAs will honor the global icon who has left an indelible mark on the musical landscape and continues to influence, inspire, and evolve.”

In celebration of that, the band performed a medley of some of their hit tunes. They flew through iconic tracks “Learning to Fly,” “Shame Shame,” and “Everlong.”

Watch that performance in full below.

Kacey Musgraves is at her most vulnerable on her new album, star-crossed. When talking with Rolling Stone, Musgraves explains that star-crossed was inspired by Greek tragedies. Drawing from her divorce with her ex-husband Ruston Kelly, this new record sees Musgraves at her most vulnerable.

Check out the album in full here.

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