How Kelsea Ballerini Introduced Runway Style to the CMT Tunes Awards

Kelsea Ballerini is completely ready for her vogue instant. For region followers, the chart-topping 27-12 months-aged singer is a domestic identify, but final evening as she hosted the yearly CMT Music Awards, Ballerini appealed to the catwalk crowd by way of daring outfits from designers like LaQuan Smith and Elie Saab. The playful palette of candy shades, picked by Ballerini and stylist Molly Dickson, included to the evening’s spirited vibe and permitted the star to step exterior her comfort and ease zone. “We wished to lean into vibrant pops of colour to seize the summertime celebration-esque feel of the present,” shared Ballerini publish-event. “Fashion is an additional creative outlet and way of expressing myself. The way I dress is dependent on the working day and the temper I’m in—that’s the pleasurable of it all.”

Participating in emcee had Ballerini emotion exceptionally upbeat. The gig was a exclusive opportunity to rejoice the skills of her peers and showcase another aspect of her persona. “Hosting allows me be a fan as well as an artist,” states Ballerini. “I get to do what I do, then dress in a ill outfit to introduce wonderful artists’ performances and stand facet phase starry-eyed and pretend I’m however sixteen. I like nurturing that section of me and just being surrounded by the music I find inspiring.”

A longtime watcher of the CMTs, Ballerini located herself reminiscing even though she was having ready to strike the phase at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “I grew up acquiring inspiration in movies on CMT and MTV,” she suggests. “Celebrating that art form and visible extension of audio is exciting, [and] staying a component of Nashville’s audio neighborhood has been a warm hug. Hosting a present I grew up observing is a entire-circle second, anything I will remember for a extended time.” The event’s concentrate on the viewers added to that experience. “This is the only award display in nation new music that is voted on by the followers, so it feels specific,” says Ballerini. “The farther I enterprise into my job, the extra I understand how the relationship with the fans is every little thing.”

As a treat to her fanbase, Ballerini located time to debut a model new track, ‘I Give up Drinking’ with LANY frontman Paul Klein. The pair carried out the soulful ballad on a rooftop with Ballerini in an electrical blue gown with metallic sparkle. Just a single of the five seems to be she wore that night, the star experienced fun keeping the audience at home on its toes by altering each and every other professional break. “I like exhibiting a range of various designs and textures in a a single-night snapshot like this.” Ballerini’s switch from acid yellow Elie Saab pantsuits to hardly there Raisa Vanessa minidresses, and a pastel sequin classic quantity undoubtedly retained items interesting. 

While her outfits diversified in silhouette and mood, just about every had a tactile aspect that stored issues attention-grabbing. Ballerini’s most daring of the evening? A shiny patent LaQuan Smith catsuit that designed her appear like a futuristic Barbie. A genuine departure, Ballerini admits she’s never ever worn nearly anything like it before. “It felt extremely 90s, and I usually experience powerful and hot shifting it up from a regular gown and going for a pants moment—especially when it’s hot pink.”

Significantly like the legendary crossover artists who eschewed aged tips about how a country star should to costume, Ballerini doesn’t brain shaking matters up. “[Nashville] is unquestionably a hub of western have on and Southern-influenced tendencies and tends to be far more conservative,” she describes. “ I’ve constantly been motivated by ladies like Shania Twain that have pushed boundaries not only sonically, but also by way of their type.”