Kelsea Ballerini made her Grand Ole Opry debut on February 14th, 2015 (Valentine’s Day) and has been absolutely been paving her own way in country music ever since, making her mark in country music as each day day goes by. She was invited to become a member of the Opry on March 6th by Opry members, Little Big Town.

Ballerini has hosted the televised CMA Fest special consecutively for years, is a two-time Grammy nominee, won two ACM Awards, released two highly successful albums, Recorded a platinum single “This Feeling” with The Chainsmokers, toured with her idol Kelly Clarkson (Meaning of Life Tour) and numerous other country stars like Keith Urban (Graffiti U Tour), Lady Antebellum (You Look Good World Tour & Wheels Up Tour), Rascal Flatts (Rhythm and Roots Tour), Dan+Shay (Just the Right Kind of Crazy Tour) and Thomas Rhett (Home Team Tour). She has also had several highly successful sold out shows across the world on her own headlining tours like The First Time Tour (2016), The Unapologetically Tour (2018) and is currently embarking on her first ever arena tour which launched with three sold-out shows. Not to mention Ballerini also crushed her 2018 Victoria Secret Fashion Show performance and has have several Top 10 hit songs, dominating country radio with her smash hits including her current single “Miss Me More.” 

Carrie Underwood assisted in inducting Ballerini as the Grand Ole Opry’s newest and youngest member live on Nashville’s Opry Stage tonight (Tues. April 16th). Underwood inducting Ballerini saying, “I want to thank the Opry for asking this incredible, talented, smart, sweet, beautiful, woman to be a member,” You have accomplished so much in your career, and you will accomplish undoubtedly infinite amounts more in your career and in your life — awards, No. 1s, sales, tours, fans and just all of it — this is better than all of that. This is the heart and soul of country music. The Opry has been and always will be here — the heart and soul of country music, the family. You are in it” as Ballerini got really emotional and began to shed tears of joy.

Ballerini with her Opry award in hand told the packed audience who joined in to watch her induction, “I think that especially since I moved to Nashville, I had this big dream to do all these kinds of things, I’ve rarely looked up. There’s rarely been a moment that’s made me just stop, take a minute, be grateful and look up. One that I remember is Feb. 14, 2015, and that is when I made my Opry debut. One is right now. I just want to say, that it’s so nice and comforting to know that no matter where life takes me, and no matter if the radio stops playing me tomorrow, and whatever happens, I can always come here, and I can always play country music. Thank you for loving me regardless, and thank you for showing up for me for my mountaintop moments and for the moments that aren’t so glamorous. And Grand Ole Opry, thanks for seeing something in me and for believing that I’ll always love you like I do, because I do, but I will.”

Ballerini then went on to perform as the Opry’s newest member including “Peter Pan,” “In Between,” “Miss Me More” and singing Trisha Yearwood’s “Walk Away Joe” with Carrie Underwood.

Watch the induction and Ballerini’s speech below:

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