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CMA Awards 2020: Kelsea Ballerini Added as Performer

by Matthew Wilson
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Kelsea Ballerini will perform at tonight’s (Nov.11) CMA Awards. The country singer was a last-minute addition to the awards ceremony.

Ballerini will replace the Florida Georgia Line, who won’t be performing at the CMA Awards. Member Tyler Hubbard tested positive for COVID-19 causing the band to pull out of the ceremony. Ballerini will apparently perform her song “hole in the bottle” from her latest album Kelsea.

The singer teased the song, tweeting the lyrics to it in response to the announcement. Ballerini wrote, “I swear I just came here to unwind and have one drink.”

Some eager fans are hoping Ballerini performs a duet with Shania Twain at the CMA Awards. Recently, the singer has been teasing a possible collaboration between the two. She has been posting images to Instagram inspired by Twain’s work. Afterward, the two posted a short TikTok video together.

Kelsea Ballerini Was Disappointed Not to be Nominated for a CMA Award

Ballerini previously opened up about being disappointed by not being nominated for an award. She vented her frustration in an interview with People Magazine.

“Putting out an album and working as hard as I can, even though a pandemic. I just felt disappointed to not be a part of a community that I work really hard to stand up for. And be a face of and make music that I really do hope represents the genre well,” Ballerini told People. “I just felt disappointed, and that’s okay. That’ll make me make a better record next time.”

“Not that awards don’t matter. Because I really do think they do, and I think that’s why I’m disappointed,” she continued. “Honestly, it helped me refocus on what matters to me. And that truly is making the best music that I love and that I feel good about. And making it for people that will show up for me in seats when I’m able to go back on tour.”

While she isn’t up for an award, Ballerini will be a part of the awards ceremony after-all.