Kelsea Ballerini Receives First-Ever CMA Award Nominations – See Her Reaction!

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As announced earlier today (9/9), Kelsea Ballerini beams with her first ever Country Music Association (CMA) Award nominations, racking up nods in the following categories — New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

“I am still such a new artist and this has really been my first year getting out there to share my music with people,” shares Ballerini. “To have been embraced with a #1 single was insane. I still feel like I’m celebrating that, but now to be nominated for two CMA Awards makes me feel so proud to be a country music artist and makes me so incredibly thankful to everyone in the Country music industry, Country radio and the fans for making this year insanely epic. I don’t think it could get any better and I’m excited to sit with the cool kids this year!”

While in New York City today, Ballerini will make a special appearance in the Third Annual Bryant Park Concert Series, “Nashville’s New Music in New York,” presented by the Grand Ole Opry, Southwest Airlines, and NASH-FM 94.7. The rising new artist will perform a free acoustic concert at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park with the Opry’s signature microphone stand, a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House.

Adding to the excitement, the Black River Entertainment recording artist will make her late night TV debut performing the sassy Top 30 hit “Dibs” (Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr, Ryan Griffin, Jason Duke) on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 30.


The 2015 CMA Awards will air LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 4 at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC.


Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.