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Kelsea Ballerini Sharing Grammy News With Her Mom Will Make You Cry

December 9, 2018

I'm not crying, you're crying. 

Okay, I'm crying. 

Kelsea Ballerini found out on Friday that her album, Unapologetically, was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

While a Grammy nomination is not new to Kelsea, she was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards, this nomination came as a surprise to her. 

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Posting to her Instagram account, Kelsea said that she was "in tears" over her nomination because she put "every bit of vulnerability, truth, strength, self discovery, and love" into this album, and yet, despite being out for over a year, the album has "never been nominated." She had "accepted that critically, it didn't land". 

In tears over this. I put every bit of vulnerability, truth, strength, self discovery, and love I had into this record. I’ll never forget when it hit me to make it a chronological story of the journey I had been on the few years prior, and losing sleep over the details and nuances of how to make it flow and feel like I had felt while living out and writing it. It’s been out for over a year, and it’s never been nominated, but the bond it gave you and I was something I hadn’t felt before. To me, that was the award and I had accepted that critically, it didn’t land like it did between us. But, the pinnacle of music lovers and listeners just nominated Unapologetically for a damn GRAMMY. Beaming with gratitude and pride on this. Never ever expected this. I love y’all. What a year. Thank you. To y’all, to everyone who helped me make it, and to the @recordingacademy.

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However, come Friday morning, she learned that the "pinnacle of music lovers and listeners" had nominated her album.

And, of course, the news needed to be shared with her mom. 

The video doesn't have sound, but we think you can make out everything that is being said. 

Grab the tissues before watching. 

This woman unapologetically moved to Nashville 10 years ago for me to make music and give it a fair shot. I got to call her this morning and tell her about my second Grammy nomination. There’s no volume, but her face says everything about this journey and the weight this album has to the people that know me closest. Love you momma. --❤️

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Congrats to Kelsea and all of the other country artists nominated!