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
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.
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.
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.”
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.