Get a load of this Grammy nominee's short new hairdo! Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

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Things are moving really fast in country star Kelsea Ballerini’s life. Just this week she got her first Grammy Awards nomination for best new artist and was on hand to present $1 million check from the CMA Foundation and CMA Music Festival to Metro Nashville Public Schools’ music education programs.

That’s part of the reason she decided to go for a shorter, cute new hairstyle.

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Kelsea debuted the new haircut on her Instagram on Dec. 5. We caught up with Kelsea Dec. 6 for an interview via Facebook Live, and she showed off the new look for us. You can see the side view in case you want to show it to your hairstylist for guidance.

As for the inspiration behind the cut, Kelsea tells Rare Country, “I don’t know. Impulse.”


Good to know that with everything she’s got going on in her life, Kelsea is still feeling fun and spontaneous!

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Our interview with Kelsea took place just after she presented that big check to Nashville’s public school music education programs.

The event hit home for Kelsea since she was in the school chorus as a kid growing up in Knoxville. She actually had a role in the high school production of “Peter Pan,” but she wasn’t the star of the show.


Kelsea tells us with a laugh, “I was the ostrich, and I didn’t have any lines, and I didn’t sing.”

Needless to say, that small role didn’t have much to do with her writing and recording her signature hit, also titled “Peter Pan.”

As for the CMA donating all that money to music education, Kelsea sees it as an investment in the future. After all, she was one of those kids sitting in music class just a few short years ago.

“The truth is and the reality is in 10 years, these are the guys that are going to be on the CMA stage,” Kelsea says. “It’s a big circle. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

If you’re a big Kelsea fan, you’ll want to head over to now to show your support. She’s up for New Artist of the Year at the inaugural Rare Country Awards, which are completely fan voted. Cast your vote now and look for the winners to be announced on Dec. 15.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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