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Chance the Rapper wins best new artist Grammy, ignores playoff music

Chance the Rapper was declared best new artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards. He beat out Kelsea Ballerini, the Chainsmokers, Maren Morris and Anderson .Paak. His win marks the first time a black hip-hop artist has won the best new artist award since Lauryn Hill won back in 1999. Read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Kelsea Ballerini’s Major Moments, From Singing With Taylor Swift to Falling in Love  

The First Time You Met Taylor Swift (not as a fan!)

Interviewer: I want to know about the first time you met Taylor Swift not as a fan.

Kelsea: She texted me right after she tweeted about my record, which was insane, and she was hosting a birthday party for her friend Abigail at her place in Nashville and invited me and just ran up and hugged me, like grabbed my hand, brought me into her apartment and introduced me to all of her friends like Hayley from Paramore and Kings of Leon..

Interviewer: No big deal..

Kelsea: And I was like, “Hi, I’m Kelsea”. But she was so lovely. That was the first time I met her.

The First Time On Stage For The 1989 Tour

Interviewer: What about the first time you stepped out on stage for the 1989 Tour?

Kelsea: Oh God, I was so nervous, I was so nervous. And I just remember being down below the stage, you could still see the upper rim of the arena. So I was down there and I was looking up and she was announcing me and I was like, “Oh, like it’s gonna go up and I can’t get off, I can’t get off now.” And it just started going up and I was like, “Oh, oh gosh”. And then you just are up there and you see the whole arena full of people and it was hectic, it was amazing. I got home that night and I was laying in bed and she posted the picture of me and her from that night on her Instagram and I looked at it and I bawled. It was the first time that it actually hit me what had happened that night.

For those of you who like Ace Rep in literature,

consider giving this a try!! it’s a Pride and Prejudice modern AU, and I actually very much liked it. be prepared to be taken aback a bit at some points - my stomach absolutely dropped at one moment, when I thought the book was going to go down a route that would’ve upset me - but with trust and perseverance the book does prove itself more than worthwhile in my view. it’s sweet and funny in places, and it’s also a sly and pointed look at being a liberal in a conservative family - the politics of it felt like something Austen would have liked. the relationship between Lizzy and Darcy was absolutely zinging in places. as for the ace rep, no spoilers from me in this post, but if anyone wants to come talk to me about whether they thought it progressed the ace narrative etc. etc. then I would LOVE to have that convo. <3

Find it on Amazon in the US here and in the UK here!!

Interviewer: Now you’re good friends, of course, with someone named Taylor Swift. Has she given you any pointers - because you know, she’s done the Grammys a lot before - on the performance, or any words of wisdom that she shared with you?

Kelsea Ballerini: I haven’t talked to her lately alot, but she did reach out when the nomination came out and she was stoked for me. But I do remember last year when she was nominated for Album, she was super anxious and nervous leading up to that, so I remember walking through that with her as a friend. I probably will call her before the Grammys and be like, “Alright, talk me off the ledge, I’m freaking out.”

Interviewer: Would you ever consider collaborating with her on something, like musically?

Kelsea Ballerini: Absolutely. 

Interviewer: Maybe pop or country, or a little bit of both?

Kelsea Ballerini: Probably like a songwriting flair. I don’t know what genre we would land in.


2017 ACM Awards Red Carpet
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Would you collaborate with Kelsea Ballerini or Taylor Swift?

Shania Twain: Now that I’ve gotten through this desire to work independently on my songwriting on the course of this album, I’m ready to collaborate now and dive in again with other people and enjoy that, and I actually look forward to it. So I wanna get through this phase of releasing the album and all of that and then I wanna dive into songwriting again straightaway. And yes, collaborating - I’d love to collaborate with both of those girls… and I admire them both. Kelsea Ballerini couldn’t be a sweeter person, she’s very genuine and sincere, she’s passionate about what she’s doing, so it’s a compliment when she says those things about me and to me, she’s a sweetheart. And Taylor too, she’s been so gracious over the years and always referring to me and she is just a really cool person. You know, I can just sit with her and chat and get real so definitely somebody that I could sit around with and write a song with for sure.