Kelsea Ballerini Impacts ACM Awards Feb02

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Kelsea Ballerini Impacts ACM Awards

What a way to start a Monday for rising New Artist Kelsea Ballerini whose record-breaking debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” was just released to radio a little over a year ago. Today (2/1), the Black River Entertainment recording artist sparkles with her first-ever ACM Award Nominations in two categories – Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year.

Photo Credit: Brad Lovell – Courtesy of Iconic Entertainment

Photo Credit: Brad Lovell – Courtesy of Iconic Entertainment

Ballerini took to Twitter immediately upon hearing the news and tweeted, “OH MY GOD. this is unreal. I don’t even know what to say. thank you.”

Currently climbing the Country radio charts with her follow-up Top 10-and-climbing smash “Dibs,” the Radio Disney’s “NBT” (Next Big Thing) is prepping to perform next week at the prestigious New Faces Show during Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 8-10 in Nashville, TN.

Yesterday (1/31) Ballerini performed at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville, TN after just returning from taping the special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” in LA with artists such as Elton John, Jessie J, Tori Kelly and Ne-Yo, airing February 21 at 8:00p.m. ET on ABC. Gearing up for her first international trek to Australia this March to perform at the Country CMC Rocks Festival, she has previously shared the stage with Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban and will join Rascal Flatts for previously announced dates this summer.

About Kelsea Ballerini
Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with the release of her #1, GOLD-certified debut “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Abuzz with shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, she is the first solo female artist in nine years to hit #1 with her debut country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Scoring a number of recent high-profile media appearances, the Black River Entertainment recording artist has been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People Magazine’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, touted by Billboard as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Co-produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, THE FIRST TIME landed Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and released to rave reviews with Billboard acclaiming, “Her frankness and honesty are rooted in country’s long tradition of storytelling, a tradition that she deftly adapts to both 21st century and timeless concerns.” The talented singer/songwriter wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on the project. Racking up her first CMT, CMA and AMA award nominations this year, she received Billboard’s “Rising Star” award at the prominent 2015 Women In Music event.