Kelsea Ballerini Earns GRAMMY Nod, Finalizes Divorce, And Picks Up The Keys To Her ‘Dream Home’ On The Same Day

The day Kelsea Ballerini learned of her recent GRAMMY nomination was a memorable one, to say the least.  After performing…


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 16, 2022


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Russell, CMA

The day Kelsea Ballerini learned of her recent GRAMMY nomination was a memorable one, to say the least. 

After performing her song “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)” while on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Ballerini was honest with the audience and explained that her morning started off on a somber note.

“In my last song, there’s no judgment or keeping score. So, the truth is that this morning, I started my day at the courthouse, finalizing my divorce,” she said of her separation from fellow country star, Morgan Evans.

In the video posted to Twitter, she went on to share that things started to take a more positive turn as the day progressed.

“And then getting nominated for Grammy. And then getting the keys to my dream home. And now standing in the circle of the Opry. And shit, if that ain’t country music, I don’t know what is.”

Ballerini later shared the same clip to her Instagram story and wrote, “if country music is the truth of life, here’s mine. What a damn day.”

On Monday (Aug. 29), the “Heartfirst” singer made the official announcement that she was filing for divorce from Evans after nearly five years of marriage. According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, the former couple reached a settlement in October, which revealed that they had “vacated” their marital home in Nashville.

Morgan Evans, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowksi
Morgan Evans, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowksi

“Friends, I’ve always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while also protecting layers of my personal life as they unfold. This is now public record, so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce,” she wrote on an Instagram story in sharing the difficult news. 

“This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here…but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons.”

Evans later followed with his own statement saying, “I am very sad to confirm that after almost five years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise, but sadly it is not.”

On the same day they finalized their split, Ballerini also found out that she has earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for her song, “Heartfirst.”

She shared her joyous reaction to Instagram after finding out about this honor, which was originally revealed during a special livestream event on Tuesday (Nov. 15), which unveiled all the nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards.

The East Tennessee native found out she would be attending the GRAMMYs while sitting in a restaurant. She broke out in song, singing the lyrics that earned her this prized feat as tears of joy filled her eyes and she and those around her screamed in excitement.

“the song about following your heart no matter where it leads just for nominated for a GRAMMY. couldn’t be more cosmic. here’s to always jumping right in baby with your heartfirst. ” Ballerini wrote in her caption.

The other country artists vying for the same title include Zach Bryan (“Something in the Orange”), Miranda Lambert (“In His Arms”), Maren Morris (“Circles Around This Town”), and Willie Nelson (“Live Forever”). 

Kelsea Ballerini recently wrapped up her 10-night headlining tour that was named after her now GRAMMY-nominated song.

The trek launched on September 24 when she performed at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY before visiting Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major markets on the tour. 

According to her official website, Ballerini’s next performance is slated for December 2 in San Jose, CA. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.