Kelsea Ballerini on Her First Grammy Nomination: 'I'm Rooting for All My Fellow Country People'

Nominated for best new artist at next month's Grammy Awards, country-pop singer Kelsea Ballerini took the time to record a video for Billboard to discuss her first nomination and why she's just glad her music has made such an impression on fans.

“I think 'Peter Pan' had an impact on people this year because it talks about a kind of heartbreak that doesn’t get talked about as much,” said Ballerini. “And it’s the kind that isn’t super climactic, it doesn’t have one big blow-up moment. It’s just where people fall out of love, and it doesn’t work, and one person isn’t as committed. And I think that that’s what resonated so well with people.”

At only 23, Ballerini became the first woman to top both the Top Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts simultaneously. That being said, with her own nomination, Ballerini will be keeping some other nominees in her thoughts on Grammy night.

“I’m also rooting for all my fellow country people, so Carrie [Underwood]'s up for a bunch of awards, Maren [Morris is] up for a bunch of awards -- including best new artist,” said Ballerini. “Which, by the way, is really cool that two country females are in that category.”

Watch Ballerini’s full Grammy moment in the video above.

2017 Grammys


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