Kelsea Ballerini Takes Solo Reign at the 2024 CMT Music Awards

Kelsea Ballerini is gearing up to host the CMT Music Awards solo for the first time in 2024, marking her fourth year at the helm but her inaugural without co-host Kane Brown. The “Penthouse and Mountain with a View” singer, at 30, is not just hosting; she’s also one of the evening’s anticipated performers, ready to bring her charm and talent to the forefront of the country music stage.

In a candid conversation with People magazine, Ballerini expressed her excitement and slight nervousness about taking on the show solo, emphasizing her desire to keep the night fun and meaningful. Her tenure as host has been characterized by moments of advocacy and statement-making performances, from celebrating drag queens during Tennessee’s drag ban to addressing gun violence.

Ballerini’s commitment to using her platform responsibly shines through her hosting duties, as she aims to create a space where pressing societal issues are acknowledged, and everyone feels seen and safe. Coming off a tumultuous yet triumphant 2023, with her hit EP “Rolling up the welcome mat” and navigating a public divorce, Ballerini looks forward to another memorable night at the CMT Music Awards.

The awards, set to broadcast live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on April 7 at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS, promise an evening of celebration, reflection, and top-tier country music entertainment under Ballerini’s solo stewardship.

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