Kelsea Ballerini Has The Best Reaction To Wearing The Same Dress As MacKenzie Porter On The CMA Red Carpet

Kelsea Ballerini is shutting down any “who wore it best” comments between her and MacKenzie Porter after they showed up…


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 10, 2022


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Kelsea Ballerini, MacKenzie Porter; Photos via ABC

Kelsea Ballerini is shutting down any “who wore it best” comments between her and MacKenzie Porter after they showed up to the 56th Annual CMA Awards wearing the same elegant, blue Balenciaga ballgown that featured matching gloves.

Ballerini quickly took to her Instagram stories to comment on a side-by-side comparison made by a content creator on TikTok. 

“It’s giving, blue is the moment. It’s giving bright minds think alike. It’s giving, I immediately changed into a green dress because she looked so good in it,” Ballerini said as she gushed about Porter. “It’s giving, don’t you dare do a ‘who wore it better’ or put a side-by-side. It’s rude.”


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Porter reposted the kind words and made sure to add her own of Ballerini, letting everyone know there is nothing but positivity between the two artists.

She wrote, “I love you babe” before sharing a photo of the “HEARTFIRST SINGER” and calling her “a true queen.”

This style of dress was also previously worn by Kim Kardashian.

Ballerini went into the night held at the Bridgestone Arena with a nomination for Single of the Year for her song, “half of my hometown” featuring Kenny Chesney. 

She also took the CMA Awards stage with fellow female powerhouses, Carly Pearce and Kelly Clarkson for a performance of her sassy track, “You’re Drunk, Go Home.” 

Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy ABC
Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy ABC

Ballerini started the song on her own before she was joined by Clarkson and Pearce – all three ladies wearing different shades of denim and blue ensembles. Ballerini also wore boots with pops of yellow, staying with the theme of the colors featured on her album cover. 

The female power track was released on Ballerini’s new record, Subject To Change. Co-penned by Ballerini, Julian Bunetta, and Shane McAnally, “You’re Drunk, Go Home” won the hearts of fans all over with its brutally honest lyrics and catchy melody.

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Kelsea Ballerini recently wrapped up her 10-night headlining Heartfirst Tour and has teased that more shows are on the horizon. 

The 56th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Cody Johnson, and Carly Pearce.

The show opened with an all-star tribute to the late Loretta Lynn from Underwood, Reba McEntire and Lambert. 

Carrie Underwood, Reba, Miranda Lambert; Photo Courtesy CMA
Carrie Underwood, Reba, Miranda Lambert; Photo Courtesy CMA

Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, and Lainey Wilson joined together to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alan Jackson. 

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, HARDY and Lainey Wilson, Elle King with The Black Keys, Brothers featuring The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King as well as Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne.

Cody Johnson performs “Til You Can’t” at “The 56th Annual CMA Awards,” live from Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, November 9, 2022 on ABC.

Mookie Betts, BRELAND, Jessica Chastain, Jordan Davis, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Reba McEntire, Ben and Erin Napier, Jeannie Seely, Michael Shannon, and Lainey Wilson were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2022 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and aired on ABC (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). 

Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy CMA
Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy CMA

The CMA Awards will also be available for viewing on Hulu beginning Thursday, Nov. 10. 

The 56th Annual CMA Awards was a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton served as the Executive Producer, Alan Carter as the Director, and Jon Macks as the Head Writer.  

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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.