WATCH: Kelsea Ballerini Stops Concert After Nail Pops Off: ‘My East Tennessee Is Coming Out!’

This isn’t the first time this has happened.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 31, 2023


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Kelsea Ballerini was opening for Kenny Chesney at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday night when her nail popped off in the middle of a song. 

The country hitmaker was playing electric guitar while singing “Yeah Boy” and stopped the show to address the situation. 

“So, I’m hosting the CMT Awards in a couple of days,” she told the audience, who answered with applause. “Thank you. It will be a good show. I hope, but if not, not my fault!”

Stops Concert To Address Crowd

While standing at the front of the catwalk, she continued, “So, I just got my nails done for the show, because there’s cameras and stuff and I gotta be honest, I was just playing guitar so hard that the guitar string went under one of my [nails]. But I don’t have time to get them done and the nail is on the stage, so I’m gonna pick it up and you’re not gonna say a word about it and I’m gonna bring it right on back there so I can glue it on later.”

The packed arena erupted with cheers as Ballerini took a bow.  

“Nice to meet you, hello Wichita. My East Tennessee is coming out,” she joked. 

Laughed About It On TikTok

After the show, Ballerini, who is known to showcase unfiltered moments from her life on social media, took to TikTok to explain the manicure snafu. 

“I just got off stage in Witicha and something happened. Something happened and I would like to address it,” she said in a clip from her tour bus.  

She went into detail about the situation, which as coincidentally happened before.

“What are the chances?!” she pointed out. 

Last time, her nail flew “into the crowd.” 

She laughed, “That can’t happen again … I can’t recover from that!”

Co-Hosting 2023 CMT Music Awards

Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT
Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT

Luckily she recovered her nail and is ready to step onto the stage at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas to co-host the 2023 CMT Music Awards alongside Kane Brown. 

The show will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson, Keith Urban, and more. 

In addition to her co-hosting duties, Kelsea Ballerini is also set to perform and recently revealed to Entertainment Tonight that Travis Kelce of the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs will be introducing her performance. 

Kelsea Ballerini - Subject To Change
Kelsea Ballerini – Subject To Change

Ballerini will take the stage with “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too),” which is her latest single from her latest full-length album, SUBJECT TO CHANGE

“It’s a song all about friendship and camaraderie,” she told ET, “and the people in your life that you just will stand up for and kind of your ride or dies.”

Late Thursday, Ballerini brought the song to life with a comedic retro music video. 

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Provided
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Provided

Directed by Patrick Tracy, the video features the country star playing the role of a charming and stylish young wife who ends up committing murder. She almost gets away with it, thanks to her group of girlfriends, but her nosy neighbor ends up learning all her secrets. 

“I wanted something that had a real look and feel to it,” she explained in a statement. “But it needed to be fun… and funny. I wanted something that made people laugh and clink their glasses, because when I wrote this, I wanted ‘If You Go Down’ to be a song that was a reason to turn up the dial.” 


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After co-hosting the CMT Music Awards, Kelsea Ballerini will return to the road as a special guest on Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back Tour, which runs through May. 

Ballerini will then pick up her headlining trek on June 16 at the Santa Barbara Bowl. She will visit cities throughout the Western United States before closing out on July 1 at Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.

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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.