Kelsea Ballerini gets big honor from Billboard

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini is really taking over the world lately.

The latest big deal for Kelsea to add to her growing list of big deals is that she has been announced as the 2015 recipient of Billboard’s Women in Music “Rising Star” award. The award recognizes an artist whose chart dominance and exceptional talent demonstrates a clear path to success.

Last year’s Rising Star award was given to Ariana Grande.

“At 22, Kelsea Ballerini already has a career to kill for, from a hit song to award nominations and even a stop at the famed Grand Ole Opry,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “Much like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift before, Kelsea is a powerful songwriter and singer that has Nashville a buzz. Expertly bridging the pop-country gap, her songs have heart and it is only the beginning.”

Along with winning the award, Kelsea will also perform at the award ceremony, alongside Lady Gaga, Brittany Howard, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Fifth Harmony.

Lifetime will air the ceremony on December 18.