As Kelsea Ballerini celebrates her 30th birthday today (9/12), she is in New York City getting ready to make her MTV VMA debut performance. She is expected to treat fans to a world premiere performance from the expanded version of her EP Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good).
Ballerini posted the news to Instagram. The announcement was captioned, “Boots: On Welcome Mats: Rolled OUT @kelseaballerini is making her #VMA DEBUT!! Watch her perform LIVE on Tuesday, September 12 on @mtv!”
The 2023 VMAs will air live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center tonight (9/12) at 8 PM ET/PT.
Kelsea’s career has really exploded in the last couple of years as she was recently nominated for the CMA’s 2023 Female Vocalist of the Year among country mainstays like Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, and Lainey Wilson. She is also nominated for a CMA this year for the coveted Album of the Year honor for her EP Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.
This year (2023), she enjoyed three sold-out legs of her “Heartfirst Tour,” and a Grammy nomination in February for Best Country Solo Performance for “Heartfirst.”
In 2021, Ballerini won two CMA Awards for her duet with Kenny Chesney, “Half My Hometown” for Musical Event and Video of the Year. Also, in 2021, She won a CMT Music Award for Performance of the Year for “The Other Girl” with Halsey.
In August, she gathered with fans and the music industry in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame to celebrate the release of her extended Rolling Up The Welcome Mat EP.
Kelsea said, “Even when we were recording Rolling Up The Welcome Mat, I knew it wasn’t the end of the story. We couldn’t know what was to come, so [collaborator] Alysa [Vanderheym] and I left the project exactly as it was when it was written and recorded… and because of the open dialogue I have with my fans, it only felt right to finish this story before starting on the next chapter of my life.”
She also directed a short film that accompanied the project.
As we join Kelsea in celebration of her birthday today, we thought we would revisit what we believe are her five funniest songs to date.