BREAKING: Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney React After Winning Two CMA Awards

Superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney are already big winners ahead of tonight’s 55th Annual CMA Awards.  The superstar pair…


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November 10, 2021


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Superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney are already big winners ahead of tonight’s 55th Annual CMA Awards

The superstar pair won Musical Event of the Year Video of the Year for “Half Of My Hometown.” The news was announced on Wednesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. 

“Half of My Hometown” was produced by Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman and Jimmy Robbins and was co-written by Ballerini, Copperman and Robbins with Shane McAnally and Nicolle Galyon. 

The music video was directed by Patrick Tracy . 

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Ballerini took to Instagram stories with a tearful reaction to the news of her first-ever CMA Award. 

“I’m in my car crying because I just found out that I won two CMAs awards this morning and I’ve never won a CMA Award before,” she emotionally shared. “We just won for Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year for “Half Of My Hometown.” I’m so happy, I love this song. I’m so proud of this song and I love everyone that’s a part of it, Kenny Chesney holy shit. And I can’t wait to go to the show tonight and celebrate. It’s my first one! Thank you guys.” 

Chesney also reacted to the news with a sweet message about the opportunity to be part of such a special song. 

“Growing up in East Tennessee, it’s a deeper kind of home. You have to have lived it to really understand. Kelsea knows that, knows how hard it is to leave to chase a dream like music. It’s what made being part of “Half of My Hometown” so special! I know that feeling of everyone having an opinion, hating leaving all that love and needing to go out and find your place in the songs,” he shared. “I’m thrilled for Kelsea to have won Musical Event and Music Video of the Year! She couldn’t deserve it more, and I’m honored to be a part of it.” 


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The 55th Annual CMA Awards will feature performance from Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley feat. BRELAND and HARDY, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Chris Young and Kane Brown, and Zac Brown Band.

Additionally, the star-studded awards ceremony will feature dozens of presenters, including Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Lauren Daigle, Russell Dickerson, Faith Fennidy, Florida Georgia Line, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Alan Jackson, Elle King, Lady A, Zachary Levi, Scotty McCreery, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh, Kurt Warner, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood. 

Hosted by Luke Bryan, the star-studded show is set to broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 beginning at 8/7c on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.