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How’s this for an epic 2017? Kelsea Ballerini was named one of “Forbes’” magazine’s “30 Under 30” to watch. She was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy, and released her much-anticipated sophomore album, “Unapologetically,” to rave reviews. She toured with Lady Antebellum all over the world and then announced her second-ever headlining tour for 2018, which includes a stop at Nashville’s dream-come-true venue, the word-renowned Ryman Auditorium.


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From debut performances on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to hosting gigs for the Radio Disney Music Awards and ABC’s “CMA Fest” prime time special, Kelsea was all over television in 2017. Plus, she garnered some major ink in the pages of “Entertainment Weekly,” “Billboard” and “People,” among other high-profile publications. However, despite all the attention and acclaim, the Knoxville, Tennessee-native hasn’t forgotten her roots. In advance of “Unapologetically,” she returned to Central High School for a memorable show, previewing new songs and donating a sizable amount to the school’s music program.

She dueted with Reba McEntire at the CMA Awards, where she was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, and she’ll return to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the second consecutive year to celebrate the holiday season. Before the year’s out, the “Legends” singer will also be a newlywed when she marries Australian country singer-songwriter Morgan Evans.

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Kelsea is now nominated for Female Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Kelsea Ballerini enjoyed a year full of firsts in 2017
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