In 2014, Kelsea Ballerini attended the CMA Awards as a fan. At the 2015 show on November 4th, she walked the red carpet as a double nominee. Kelsea Ballerini on Swift Comparisons, Beyoncé Ambitions Though she didn’t collect any CMA hardware that night, the Knoxville, Tennessee, native’s meteoric rise this year certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. Billboard recently announced that Ballerini will be presented with the Rising Star award at the annual Women in Music event taking place December 11th in New York. The honor is conferred upon artists “whose success on the Billboard charts and talent demonstrate a clear path to success.” The 2014 honoree was pop star Ariana Grande. “I have been so excited to share this news with Yall,” Ballerini tweeted . “I am SO honored.” Ballerini earned her own little piece of history when “Love Me Like You Mean It” topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in June, making her the first solo female to hit No. 1 with a debut single since Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” in 2006. Including Underwood and Ballerini, only 11 solo female artists have been able to accomplish the feat.
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November 12th, 2015