Taking the stage as part of CBS’ Essential Heroes: Momento Latino, the pair brought a splash of optimistic color to an already uplifting night, meant to celebrate the vibrance of Latinx culture in the U.S. Seated together on a huge stage and bathed in soft light, the pair delivered Fonsi’s delicate ballad with reverence and hopeful poise, looking straight into the camera and backed only by a single acoustic guitar. Ballerini even looked the part, noting on Instagram that she did her best to look like the song’s summery subject.
The next morning, Ballerini appeared on Good Morning America for a frolicking run through her track “love and hate,” and filled her hosts in on the inspiration behind her recent ballerini album — which took her 2020 kelsea LP and stripped down each track to its bare elements.
“I made the album to sound big and ready to tour, and I wanted it to sound like there would be confetti cannons and the whole thing, and then everything changed,” she explained. “I needed to find a way to fall back in love with this body of work … and stripping it down to sound less like an arena show and more like a living room with your friends and a glass of wine was my way of falling back in love with it.”
Ballerini’s current single “hole in the bottle” is out now and inside the Top 15 at country radio, and she recently performed with pop star Halsey on the CMT Music Awards.