Kelsea Ballerini wasn’t exactly awake when Meghan Trainor announced that she had been nominated for a GRAMMY for Best New Artist. “[I was] In bed. My phone just started blowing up that’s how I found out,” she tells E!.”One of the first messages I got was from Maren [Morris], which was really cool because we get to represent country music together in that category.”
But Maren wasn’t the only famous friend to reach out to Kelsea after she got her nomination. “And then Hillary Scott and Taylor [Swift] obviously are like my two big sisters and my mentors, and they were some of the first to reach out and it was really good to hear from them,” she shares, explaining that she got a congratulatory text from Swift.
As for whether she expected to be nominated, Kelsea says, “No! Of course not, not at all.” She adds, “To me, every awards show is incredible whether its industry-voted or fan-voted. All of it’s incredible. But the GRAMMYs is the one. It’s top-tier. It’s the pinnacle. And just to be thought of as one of the five best new artists of this year is so flattering and so incredible and I’m super honored.”