Kelsea Ballerini Added To CMA Awards Performance Lineup

Kelsea Ballerini will perform her current single, “Hole In the Bottle,” during the CMA Awards tonight. The news was confirmed…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2020


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Kelsea Ballerini will perform her current single, “Hole In the Bottle,” during the CMA Awards tonight.

The news was confirmed by the Country Music Association just hours before “Country Music’s Biggest Night.”

Ballerini joins the already star-studded lineup, which includes Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Ashley McBryde, Old Dominion, Gabby Barrett, Charlie Puth, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Jenee Fleenor, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber.

Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the star-studded event airs on ABC tonight at 8/7c. 

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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.