Kelsea Ballerini to Receive 'Rising Star' Honor & Perform at Billboard's Women in Music
The country singer and songwriter will also perform at the 10th annual event, which will air Dec. 18 on Lifetime.
The Rising Star award is given to an artist whose success on the Billboard charts and talent demonstrate a clear path to success. Last year's honor was given to Ariana Grande.
"At 22, Kelsea Ballerini already has a career to kill for, from a hit song to award nominations and even a stop at the famed Grand Ole Opry," said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. "Much like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift before, Kelsea is a powerful songwriter and singer that has Nashville a buzz. Expertly bridging the pop-country gap, her songs have heart and it is only the beginning."
Earlier this year, Ballerini's debut single "Love Me Like You Mean It" peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart after 38 weeks and at No. 5 on Hot Country Songs. The 22-year-old was the first female to lead the Country Airplay chart with a debut in nine years, since Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel" in January 2006.
At the same event, Lady Gaga will be honored as Woman of the Year, Selena Gomez honored as this year's Chart Topper, Lana Del Rey honored as this year's Trailblazer, Demi Lovato honored as this year's Rulebraker, Fifth Harmony honored as Group of the Year, and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard given the Powerhouse artist award. Lovato, Gaga, Gomez and Howard will all also perform.
Billboard's 2015 Women in Music event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which selects the year’s 50 most powerful female executives in the industry.
Don Mischer Productions, whose work includes multiple Billboard Music Awards, Oscars, Emmys (including the last two) and Super Bowl Halftime Shows, will produce the televised outing, to be held at Cipriani Midtown in New York.