WATCH: Kelsea Ballerini Recreates Iconic Shania Twain Look For Electrifying ACM Honors Tribute Performance

Kelsea Ballerini kicked off the 15th Annual ACM Honors with a show-stopping performance in honor of the one and only,…


Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

September 13, 2022


7:05 pm

Share on:

Kelsea Ballerini; Photos by Getty Images for ACM

Kelsea Ballerini kicked off the 15th Annual ACM Honors with a show-stopping performance in honor of the one and only, Shania Twain. 

For her performance, Ballerini recreated the vibes of Twain’s iconic “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” music video as she sported a tuxedo with a train over a tight black mini dress and knee-high boots with a top hat. 

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Getty Images for ACM

Surrounded by a group of choreographed shirtless male dancers (who appeared with Twain during her recent Las Vegas residency), the East Tennessee native confidently powered through Twain’s biggest hit. 

Midway through her performance, the dancers removed Ballerini’s jacket to reveal the tiny black dress underneath. 

Ballerini took her Shania Twain tribute to the next level at the show when she arrived wearing Twain’s dress from the 1999 GRAMMY Awards

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

The dress was on loan from the GRAMMY Museum and fit Ballerini perfectly. 

“I am so blown away,” Twain told Entertainment Tonight. “She looks stunning. She looks like an absolute angel. It’s very flattering to see her in the dress, and that she even wanted to wear it. I said, ‘I hope it’s not too dusty after being in the (Grammy Museum).’”

She added, “That dress represented that experience, so I’m just happy to see it alive again. Now it has a new life, and it has new memories, and it’s really great to be able to share that with other people, with another women. Obviously, it’s a huge compliment to be admired enough that someone would want to step into my dress.”

Kelsea Ballerini, Shania Twain; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM
Kelsea Ballerini, Shania Twain; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM

Ballerini documented her ACM Honors experience on TikTok, calling it a “fairytale moment.” 

Twain was one of several honorees of the evening and was on hand to receive the Poet’s Award for her lyrical contributions throughout her career. 

“It feels wonderful to be accepted and recognized for something that I’ve been doing practically my whole life,” Twain shared ahead of the show. “I started writing songs at the age of ten years old and so many of my songwriting heroes have been here at the Ryman performing through all my childhood and have also been honored for this award, so I’m kind of like ‘I can’t believe this is really happening,’ but at the same time it’s an incredibly rewarding feeling to have that acceptance.”


fairytale moment. @shaniatwain i adore you. 🙏🤍

♬ original sound – Kelsea Ballerini

Hosted by reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year, Carly Pearce, the 15th Annual ACM Honors took place on Wednesday, August 24 at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” ACM Honors recognized several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone.

Performers and presenters included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, The Warren Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Jesse Frasure, Vince Gill, Ashley Gorley, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more.

ACM Award winner and Grammy nominee Trace Adkins was also on hand to perform his cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” from the brand new FOX country music drama MONARCH, in which he stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel.

ACM Honors premiered on Tuesday, September 13 at 8/7c on FOX. The show will be available to stream the following day on Hulu.  

Share on:

Lauren Jo Black

Written by

Lauren Jo Black

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.