Rising New Artist Kelsea Ballerini will close out 2015 with numerous national TV appearances this week, including Billboard’s Women In Music event, American Country Countdown’s “Top 10 Stories of 2015” special and iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball two-hour concert special in addition to continual airings of PBS’ National Christmas Tree Lighting broadcast throughout the month of December.
Tune in tonight (12/17) to see Ballerini pop by NYC’s legendary Madison Square Garden to introduce Selena Gomez at iHeart Radio’s Jingle Ball concert, airing at 8p ET/PT on the CW. Also on tap for tonight, Ballerini will appear on American Country Countdown’s “Top 10 Stories of 2015” special, airing at 8/7c on FOX.
Up next, fans can see the Black River Entertainment Recording artist accept the “Rising Star” award and perform at Billboard‘s prestigious Women In Music event held at Cipriani in New York City (12/11), which will air tomorrow, Friday (12/18) at 8/7c on Lifetime. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott joined Ballerini at the celebration to present her award alongside the honorees, including Woman of the Year Lady Gaga, Missy Elliott, Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato, Loretta Lynn and Lana Del Rey. Billboard took early notice of Ballerini’s success, praising her as “Country’s Next Queen.”
Ballerini racked up her first AMA, CMA and CMT award nominations throughout 2015 and is continuing the momentum with her Top 15-and-climbing single “Dibs” (Ballerini, Jason Duke, Ryan Griffin, Josh Kerr). Newly named Radio Disney’s newest “NBT” (Next Big Thing), she will ring in 2016 with a live performance in Nashville, TN at the annual “Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City” featuring Kings Of Leon and Chris Stapleton. Previously sharing the stage with Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, she will join select dates on Billy Currington’s SUMMER FOREVER Tour kicking off in February 2016.