Kelsea Ballerini Sets the Record Straight On Her GRAMMY Awards Reaction

“A woman’s win is a team win,” Ballerini stated.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 5, 2024


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy Instagram, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Maarten de Boer

Kelsea Ballerini is clearing the air after several media outlets reported that she appeared to be “annoyed” after losing the GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album to Lainey Wilson on Sunday evening (Feb. 4). 

Shared Statement On Instagram

A quick Google search will yield results that read “Kelsea Ballerini Doesn’t Look Thrilled After Losing 2024 Grammy…,” and “‘Snubbed’ Kelsea Ballerini Appears Annoyed After Losing Grammy To Lainey Wilson.” 

The superstar is now calling out those outlets, as well as social media users for writing similar comments, in a candid Instagram story highlighting the contrasting emotions she felt as her wildly successful project, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat, lost to Wilson’s standout Bell Bottom Country album.   

Kelsea Ballerini Instagram Story
Kelsea Ballerini Instagram Story

“Ohhhh y’all,” she began in an Instagram story post. “You can be bummed for your loss and happy for somebody else’s win at the same time. Two things can be true and both hold valid and valuable space.” 

Urges People To Stop ‘Face Reading’

She urged fans to stop dissecting facial reactions as it impacts everyone involved.  

“The face reading and reaction analysis is unnecessary and hurtful to everyone,” she wrote. 

In closing, Ballerini pointed out, “A woman’s win is a team win. What about that instead?”

Grammy win or not, there is no denying the immense impact of her divorce project. It resonated with millions of fans around the world and certainly took Ballerini’s career to new heights. The streaming numbers alone speak volumes.  

Missed The Red Carpet Due To Severe Weather

Kelsea Ballerini’s GRAMMY Awards evening was quite chaotic as she missed the red carpet due to the torrential downpours in the area. She documented the experience on Instagram stories where she was seen racing into the Arena in Los Angeles while holding an umbrella. 

Ed Sheeran, Lionel Richie, and Kelsea Ballerini behind the scenes at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards;  Photo: Francis Specker/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Ed Sheeran, Lionel Richie, and Kelsea Ballerini behind the scenes at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Francis Specker/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

During the show, the four-time GRAMMY nominee was pictured dancing and singing with Taylor Swift and sitting at a table near Lionel Richie and Ed Sheeran. 

The East Tennessee native enjoyed a jam-packed GRAMMYs week, making several appearances at various events leading up to Music’s Biggest Night. She was also honored as the Artist Songwriter of the Year during a Billboard Event. 

2024 GRAMMY Awards

The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards aired live from Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network. 

Hosted by Trevor Noah, Music’s Biggest Night was also available to be streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+.*

The star-studded ceremony featured performances by Burna Boy, Luke Combs with Tracy Chapman, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo, Travis Scott, SZA and U2. 

Presenters included Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Kacey Musgraves, Meryl Streep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson, and Oprah Winfrey.

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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.