Well, this is easily the cutest thing you’ll see today.
And we’re throwing it way back to the late ’90s, to one of the very first times a very young and baby-faced Kacey Musgraves performed “Rainbow Connection” for an audience.
The original song was famously written for the 1979 The Muppet Movie by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher, and was first performed by Jim Henson (AKA Kermit the Frog) in the movie.
It actually peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards.
And of course, country legend Willie Nelson has a famous version of it, as well, which was the title track to his 2001 49th studio album.
His daughter, Amy, was just five years old when she first heard the song in the aforementioned movie, and spent the next 20 years of her life trying to convince her dad to record it in the studio.
Of course, he eventually gave in to his little girl, and Amy even co-produced the song alongside her dad. The album was nominated for the 2001 Country Album of the Year Grammy Award, as well.
I’m sure little 9-year-old Kacey would’ve never dreamed she’d one day be on stage singing it with her musical hero, which makes this all the more special and adorable, as she and Willie eventually did a “Rainbow Connection” duet at the 2019 CMA Awards.
I mean, c’mon… she was destined to be a star:
Here’s Kacey and Willie on stage together at the 2019 CMA Awards: