Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey Heat Up CMT Awards With Seductive ‘The Other Girl’ Performance

Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey joined forces for a jaw-dropping performance of “The Other Girl” during the 2020 CMT Music Awards…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 21, 2020


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey joined forces for a jaw-dropping performance of “The Other Girl” during the 2020 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

The steamy performance featured Ballerini and Halsey in a bar, performing the track while also flaunting their girl power as they made their way around the bar interacting with each other.

“What’s really special about this performance is Ashley and I got together a couple months ago and we were trying to figure out, how can we give this song a visual, like how can we bring this to life in some way,” Ballerini said ahead of the performance. “So yeah, we had this idea to kind of bring almost like Coyote Ugly into modern-day 2020 vibe, so I’m really excited. It’s our first big performance of the song that we’ve done of the song ever, so obviously we had to make it major. We’re kind of doing a Coyote Ugly, Britney Crossroads, southern-grunge hot performance and I’m really excited about it. I think the whole performance is very empowered, we’re both trying to really show off our confidence as artists and as women and I’m excited to really try to exude that tonight.”

The superstar pair debuted the infectious track on CMT Crossroads earlier this year. In fact, their performance of “Graveyard” from their Crossroads performance was nominated for CMT Performance Of The Year. Ballerini was also nominated for Female Video Of The Year and Video Of The Year.

“The Other Girl” was co-written by Ballerini alongside Shane Mcanally and Ross Copperman and appears on Ballerini’s brand new album, kelsea.

The 2020 CMT Music Awards aired Wednesday night (Oct. 21) on CMT and featured performances from Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, Noah Cyrus, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Brooks & Dunn, Maren Morris, Morgan Wallen, Sam Hunt and Shania Twain as well as debut performances by Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton, Riley Green and Travis Denning.

The show was co-hosted by Kane Brown alongside Ashley McBryde and Sarah Hyland.

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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.