Kelsea Ballerini was quick to share her reaction when she learned that one of her greatest songs was nominated for a GRAMMY Award. “HEARTFIRST”, Ballerini’s first single released from her highly anticipated latest album Subject to changeis up for Best Country Solo Performance.
Ballerini struggled to suppress an excited cry and dropped her face to the table she was sitting on when she heard her name during the Recording Academy’s live announcement on Tuesday (November 15). The country singer-songwriter couldn’t help but smile as she started singing some of the lyrics to “HEARTFIRST” and seemed to wipe tears of joy from her eyes. She wrote in her Instagram caption, as she shared a video of the moment, “the song about following your heart no matter where it takes just to get nominated for a GRAMMY. couldn’t be more cosmic. here’s to always jumping straight into baby with your heart first. 🤍😭”
Ballerini’s “HEARTFIRST” is nominated in the Best Country Solo Performance category, with Zach Bryan“Something in the Orange”, Miranda Lambert“In her arms”, Maren Morris‘ “Circles around this town” and willie nelson‘s “Live Forever”.
Ballerini released “HEARTFIRST” in April, marking the first song to debut from his latest full-length project. She wrote the song with Karen Fairchild and Alysa Vanderheymand it was produced by Julien Bunetta and Shane McAnally. Ballerini explained at the time that she “chose ‘HEARTFIRST’ as the first single from the new project because I feel like it sets the tone for everything I’m working on right now. It’s very warm, very windy, very calm. It’s kind of the tone of the whole project I’m working on, and I feel like “HEARTFIRST” was the first step into this new world.
Subject to change released in September, filled with ’90s country-inspired tracks like “The Little Things”, “Love Is A Cowboy”, “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)”, “You’re Drunk, Go Home” — a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson and another GRAMMY nominee Carly Pearce – and other fan favorites.
The 65th GRAMMY Awards will air live Sunday, February 5, 2023 on CBS. See the full list of nominees in all categories here, and view nominees in all country categories here.
Watch Ballerini’s reaction here: