Kelsea Ballerini paid tribute to Taylor Swift on the road with a special performance of a popular Swift hit.
The pop country superstar kicked off her direct support slot on the ‘Remember This’ tour with the Jonas Brothers on Friday (Aug. 20) in Las Vegas, NV at Park Theater at Park MGM.
During her lengthy set, Ballerini took a moment to pay tribute to some of her female heroes, notably including her longtime friend and idol, Taylor Swift.
“There was one particular woman, well, there is one particular woman who paved the way for people like me,” Ballerini said. “And she sings songs that sound like…”
The arena then erupted into a massive sing-a-long as Ballerini began singing a cover of Swift’s “Teardrops On My Guitar” on acoustic guitar.
Watch the aforementioned performance below.
Ballerini has credited Swift throughout the years for being a big influence on her as an artist and even notes that she is partially the reason that she got into music.
“I grew up loving music, but I never knew that you could just choose to be a singer like that. I was from a small town in Knoxville so you grow up to be a vet or something that you see other people doing around you,” Ballerini previously shared in an interview. “And until I saw a girl named Taylor move to Nashville, I didn’t know that I could do that.”
The Tennessee native also told Billboard that Swift has always given her good advice and been a mentor for her throughout her career.
“[Taylor]’s just really good at being yourself, That’s always been her advice — go with your gut, go with your heart, follow that and not anything else,” Ballerini previously shared. “She’s amazing and she’s supportive. We’re obviously in different genres now, but we’re both songwriters at heart and root each other on.”
The singer has even previously joined Swift on stage during Swift’s 1989 World Tour to sing a duet of Ballerini’s hit “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
Additionally, the Jonas Brothers’ tour with Ballerini as support continues through October 27, see the full list of remaining tour dates below.
2021 THE ‘REMEMBER THIS’ TOUR DATES:
Aug 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Aug 25 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug 27 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre*
Aug 28 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre*
Aug 30 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sep 01 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Sep 02 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Sep 03 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sep 05 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sep 07 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 08 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater | Summerfest
Sep 09 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Sep 11 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino*
Sep 12 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 14 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 16 – Nashville, TN
Sep 17 – Nashville, TN
Sep 18 – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown*
Sep 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sep 22 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sep 24 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Sep 25 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
Sep 26 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview
Sep 28 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sep 29 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Oct 01 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Oct 02 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Oct 05 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Oct 06 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
Oct 07 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Oct 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Oct 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Oct 12 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Oct 13 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Oct 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amp
Oct 16 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct 17 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Oct 19 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Oct 21 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Oct 22 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Oct 23 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Oct 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
*Kelsea Ballerini not appearing on this date