Kelsea Ballerini Says CMA Snub Will Motivate Her to ‘Make a Better Record Next Time’


Two weeks ago, the 2020 CMA Award nominees were announced, and the 26-year-old country singer — and her latest album, the genre-spanning kelsea — was completely shut out.

“Putting out an album and working as hard as I can, even through 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 tells PEOPLE of the snub. “I just felt disappointed, and that’s okay. That’ll make me make a better record next time.”

While overlooked by the Country Music Association, kelsea — an impressive set of tracks showcasing Ballerini’s candid, stream-of-consciousness style of songwriting — was critically lauded upon its release in March, the same week as the coronavirus crisis hit the United States. But Ballerini supports the organization.

“I love the CMAs, I respect the CMAs, I’m really involved in the CMAs. I have hosted CMA Fest for three years, and I’m really involved with their music education program,” she says. “I love to be intertwined with an organization like that that loves country music the way that they do.”

After CMA nominations came out, Ballerini received an outpouring of love from peers (including Kane Brown) and fans alike.

“Not that awards don’t matter, because I really do think they do, and I think that’s why I’m disappointed,” Ballerini says. “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.”

This won’t be the first time Ballerini has spun sadness into success. As she revealed when the CMA nods were announced, her first kelsea single “homecoming queen?” was inspired by a similar experience: when she was snubbed by the ACM awards in 2019.

Now Ballerini has a lot to look forward to. First, the 2020 ACM awards, airing Wednesday. As for what she’s most excited about?

Ballerini is up for the female artists of the year award and is also slated to perform the reimagined version of her single “Hole in the Bottle.” Last week, the Nashville released her new pandemic project ballerini, on which she strips down every track from kelsea.

“This is the first time I’m performing the new version, which will be super fun. I’m doing it with the four musicians that I made the whole ballerini project with, which I thought was really important just to highlight the people that made this thing with me,” she says. “And just wait for the outfit. You’re not ready — there’s some glitter boots involved!”

This year’s ACM Awards will air from Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 16 from 8-11 p.m. on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on-demand across digital platforms on the CBS All Access subscription service.

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Those hoping that luck alone will protect them from being infected with the novel coronavirus were issued a stark reminder from a leading expert at the World Health Organization on Wednesday. Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, told the public that you are statistically more likely to win the lottery than escape an infection of Covid-19. Speaking at a live Q&A; broadcasted over social media, Dr Ryan said: “If we don’t find a vaccine and we don’t continue suppressing this virus, and we assume this virus spreads to 60 or 70 per cent of the population in the world, that is effectively one in 200 [infected with Covid-19] on this planet.” “From that perspective, think of your chances of winning the lottery,” he added. The notion follows comments by Dr Maria van Kerkhove, during the same broadcast, regarding the worrying rise in coronavirus infections across Europe and other regions. The WHO’s technical lead for Covid-19 warned that the world is “seeing increases in hospitalisations, in intensive care units, particularly in Spain, France, Montenegro, Ukraine and some states of the United States.” “That is worrying because we have not seen the flu season yet,” she said.

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It was shortly after 7am that the French Navy’s 105-ton patrol boat came into view. As the P726 Aramis sat quietly on the horizon across the English Channel, we spotted, in front of her, a small shape bobbing in the choppy water. Sixteen Afghan migrants, including four women and two children, were struggling against the wind in their dangerously overloaded inflatable, and in need of assistance a mile inside French territorial waters. However, instead of bringing the wet and shivering group on board and returning them to France, the French vessel shepherded the boat towards British waters, where they promptly abandoned it: a practice the French have long been accused of doing, but which has never been independently witnessed by a journalist, until now. Over the course of 90 minutes, as the sun began to cut through the clouds, I watched as the French Navy sent out a small boat of their own, initially offering the migrants bottled water and life jackets, before motoring towards Britain and asking the migrants to follow. Sandwiched between France’s largest Navy patrol boat, and a Zodiac not much bigger than their own, crewed by two Gendarmerie in facemasks, the group bailed out water furiously as they approached British waters.

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The UK has been put under increased restrictions this week as coronavirus cases continue to rise. 

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The PM, appearing before the Commons liaison committee, admitted reimposing a national lockdown would be ‘disastrous’ for the country.

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that proposed new migration reforms would replace the so-called “Dublin Regulation”, which governs which member state handles a new arrival’s asylum claim.  “I can announce that we will abolish the Dublin Regulation and we will replace it with a new European migration governance system. It will have common structures on asylum and return and it will have a new strong solidarity mechanism,” van der Leyen told European lawmakers in Brussels.Earlier, the EU Commission chief called for Europe to work together on migration during her maiden “State of the European Union” address.”I expect all member states to step up too. Migration is a European challenge and all of Europe must do its part,” she said.The Dublin regulation was established in 1990 and has been reformed twice, most recently in 2013. Under the rules, intended to prevent migrants from lodging multiple asylum requests in Europe, a member state that receives an asylum request must process it and the would-be refugee should not move on. The Commission is due to present its long-awaited and repeatedly postponed reform of European migration policy on September 23, and members have once more been debating the issue after a fire devastated a huge migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.The existing regulation has been severely criticised in recent years, with southern European countries including Greece and Italy complaining that they have to bear the brunt of the migrant crisis.German Chancellor Angela Merkel set aside the rules in the summer of 2015 to allow 900,000 mostly Syrian asylum seekers in – soon followed by countries with less experience of mass arrivals like Austria and Sweden.But a “quota” system to redistribute migrants among EU member countries, hastily cobbled together at Germany’s request, never moved the 160,000 people originally agreed on.Initial openness to the newcomers foundered on the opposition of central European countries led by Viktor Orban’s Hungary – as well as a surge in support for anti-immigration populist parties in western Europe.(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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Home Office scheduled charter flight to Spain two weeks after Syrian asylum seekers were left homeless in Madrid following removal from UK


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