Khalid stopped to catch up with Billboard’s Annie Reuter on the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 7). He chatted about his crossover into country music, why he wanted to work with Kane Brown and which other country music star he would like to one day join forces with.
Asked how his experience being a part of the country music community has been so far, Khalid tells Billboard that everyone has been very nice to him and that a few year ago, he never would have expected to be here.
“It’s a blessing,” he says. “To cross over like this and to come into a different world and for them to accept me with nothing but positivity and love is the best thing in the world.”
Asked how his “Saturday Nights” collaboration with Kane Brown came about, Khalid reveals that he loves Brown’s music, calling his song “Heaven” “so dope.”
“We’re friends… so the fact that we’re on stage, everything works so well because it’s like we’re so comfortable with one another,” Khalid explains. “I’m just so happy that he hopped on ‘Saturday Nights’ because he really elevated it and took it to a different world.”
As for whether or not he sees any more country music team-ups in the near future, Khalid reveals that he just had a conversation with Thomas Rhett. They didn’t discuss a collaboration, but he thinks they could make something “super cool” together.
You can check out the full video interview with Khalid above, and watch a clip of his ACMs performance with Kane Brown below.
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