Kelsea Ballerini is relatively new to the country music scene, so it’s a thrill for her to be nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards with some of the heavy hitters of country music. As she said to CBS in a recent interview (watch above), “To be a female in country music right now is such a beautiful thing, and to be in that category with the big dogs — Carrie, Miranda, Kacey and Maren — it’s just really cool to be able to be this year’s snapshot of women with them.”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have dominated the Female Vocalist category for the last 10 years, with Lambert winning the last seven in a row (2010-2016) and Underwood taking the three before that (2007-2009). Kacey Musgraves is a frequent ACM nominee and the winner of Album of the Year in 2014 for “Same Trailer Different Park.” And Maren Morris is one of this year’s most nominated artists with six bids, so being in their company is certainly a noteworthy achievement. But Ballerini is an ACM winner herself, having claimed New Female Vocalist of the Year in 2016.
Ballerini is also proud of her nomination for Music Video of the Year for “Peter Pan,” her 2016 single that has become her biggest hit to date, reaching number-one on Billboard’s country chart. “The ‘Peter Pan’ music video was super important to all of us,” she said. “We really wanted it to be regal and cinematic and have a beautiful, bold storyline, so the fact that that got nominated is really cool.” Do you think she’ll win her two ACM nominations this year?
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