Kelsea Ballerini, Shania Twain; Photos Courtesy of Getty Images for ACM Honors
Kelsea Ballerini, Shania Twain; Photos Courtesy of Getty Images for ACM Honors

Shania Twain Reacts To Kelsea Ballerini Wearing Her 1999 GRAMMYs Dress: “I Am Blown Away… She Looks Stunning”

Shania Twain said she was “blown away” by fellow country singer Kelsea Ballerini wearing her 1999 GRAMMYs dress to last week’s ACM Honors event. Twain spoke with ET Online’s Cassie DiLaura at the event.

“I am so blown away,” Twain reacted to Ballerini wearing her gown. “She looks stunning. She looks like an absolute angel. It’s very flattering to see her in the dress, and that she even wanted to wear it. I said, ‘I hope it’s not too dusty after being in the [GRAMMY Museum].'”

“It was an incredible night for me at the GRAMMYs. That dress represented that experience, so I’m just happy to see it alive again,” the “Any Man Of Mine” singer added.

“Now it has a new life, and it has new memories, and it’s really great to be able to share that with other people, with another woman. Obviously, it’s a huge compliment to be admired enough that someone would want to step into my dress.”

Twain won Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for her track, “You’re Still the One” the year she wore the dress to the Grammy’s, according to ET Online.

Ballerini posted a video on her TikTok account sharing that she would be honoring Twain at this year’s ACM Honors. In the video, Ballerini and her team unbox the dress and she tries it on ahead of the big event. Ballerini described the opportunity as a “fairytale moment.” “I adore you,” she said, tagging Twain in the video’s caption and adding 🙏 and 🤍 emojis.


fairytale moment. @shaniatwain i adore you. 🙏🤍

♬ original sound – Kelsea Ballerini

In addition, Ballerini shared a short clip of her and Twain featuring Twain’s song, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” Ballerini performed the song as her tribute to Twain at the event, where Twain received the ACM Poet’s Award.

“If your hero is Shania Twain, meet your hero. You may become friends and she may even let you wear THE dress,” Ballerini said of the experience on Instagram.

The long-sleeved white dress was designed by Marc Bouwer. Ballerini received permission from Twain to wear the dress, which had been on display at the Grammy Museum’s Power of Women In Country exhibit.


LETS GO @Shania Twain 👑👑👑

♬ Man! I Feel Like A Woman! – Shania Twain

Hosted by reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year, Carly Pearce, the star-studded event will air in a two-hour special on FOX on Tuesday, September 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” ACM Honors recognized several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone.

Performers and presenters included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, The Warren Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Jesse Frasure, Vince Gill, Ashley Gorley, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more.

ACM Award winner and Grammy nominee Trace Adkins was also on hand to perform his cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” from the upcoming FOX country music drama MONARCH, in which he stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel.

ACM Honors will premiere Tuesday, September 13 at 8/7c on FOX.

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