Kelsea Ballerini is in love. She’s in love with her career, and she’s in love with her new album and, of course, she is REALLY in love with her fiancé Morgan Evans.

Yet, she hates love songs.

Hard to believe, right?

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Well, it’s the truth. “This song was me in the process of trying to write a love song, ’cause I want love songs because I’m engaged and happy,” Kelsea told a Grand Ole Opry crowd back in April in this Grand Ole Opry/Rare Country exclusive performance. “But I hate love songs. I hate them. I wrote this song before I just caved in and wrote all the love songs.”

Come to find out that this performance of “I Hate Love Songs” turned out to be so special to Kelsea and the fans assembled at the Grand Ole Opry that night that it ended up on her new album, “Unapologetically.”

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“We were done with the record, but I had this other group of songs that I just loved,” Kelsea said back in October before performing the song again at the “Opry Goes Pink” breast cancer event. “I really believe that certain songs are just supposed to have a life, even if it’s not on a record. So I wrote this song, and I was like, ‘I’ll just play it at the Grand Ole Opry,’ and I ended up putting it on my record. So, because it was so special in this room with y’all, it is now on the record.”

It was certainly a moment to remember, and one of the many moments that occurred on the Opry stage this year that we will never forget. In fact, artists such as Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young are all currently nominated for Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now through Dec. 13 at Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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