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Kelsea Ballerini Named 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Best New Country Artist

“Woke up to find out that I WON best new country artist at the @iheartradio awards AND am nominated for all genre best new artist,” the singer excitedly shared. 

Written by Lauren Laffer
Kelsea Ballerini Named 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Best New Country Artist
Kelsea Ballerini, Photo by Guerin Blask

Kelsea Ballerini is on the roll!

The Tennessee native has just been named Best New Country Artist for the upcoming 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Beating out fellow nominees Chris Lane, Chris Stapleton, Granger Smith and Maren Morris in the category, the “Yeah Boy” singer will now move on to the Best New Artist category, where she’ll face-off against artists from multiple genres.

“Woke up to find out that I WON best new country artist at the @iheartradio awards AND am nominated for all genre best new artist,” Ballerini celebrated on Instagram. “iHeartRadio has been a giant supporter of me and my music, and I am on cloud 9 that they believe in it this much. See you there March 5th!”

The newly-engaged singer will compete against The Chainsmokers, Chance The Rapper, Bryson Tiller, The Strumbellas, Joss Favela and CNCO in the overall Best New Artist category at the upcoming show.

In addition to Ballerini’s all-genre nomination, fellow country star and double nominee Thomas Rhett has been announced as a performer for the show. Joining Rhett on the star-studded lineup is Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Noah Cyrus ft. Labrinth, and Big Sean.

The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live on March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, TBS and TruTV. See the full list of country music nominees HERE.