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Chart-Topping Country Star Kelsea Ballerini To Be Honored With Vanguard Award At 55th ASCAP Country Music Awards

Chart-Topping Country Star Kelsea Ballerini To Be Honored With Vanguard Award At 55th ASCAP Country Music Awards

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Kelsea Ballerini with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The awards celebration, which honors the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs of 2016, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville on November 6.

"From the moment she released her debut single, Kelsea Ballerini's fearless songwriting and gifted vocals have made her one of the most exciting new artists in country music," said John Titta, ASCAP Executive Vice President, Membership. "By combining pop and country sounds with thoughtful, emotionally honest lyrics, she has unapologetically forged her own creative path to success and gained millions of fans along the way. We are thrilled to honor her with the ASCAP Vanguard Award."

The Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of outstanding ASCAP members on musical genres that are shaping the future of American music. Previous recipients include Chris Stapleton, Walk the Moon, St. Vincent, fun., The Civil Wars, Third Day, Band of Horses, Sara Bareilles and more.

Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini skyrocketed to stardom after releasing three consecutive platinum-certified #1 hits - "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan" and "Dibs" - from her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time, making her the only female artist in country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this feat. The talented singer-songwriter also reached gold with her top 5 hit "Yeah Boy," and either wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on her debut album. Ballerini recently released the first heart-melting single, "Legends," from her highly anticipated sophomore album, Unapologetically, which is slated to drop November 3 and was named among the "30 Biggest Albums of Fall" by Entertainment Weekly.

Ballerini has appeared on the cover of Billboard Magazine's Grammy preview issue, was included in Forbes's "30 Under 30" class of 2017, and was featured in People Magazine's "Beauty at Every Age" list in their iconic World's Most Beautiful issue for 2017. She has been named "The Country Sweetheart" in People's elite "Ones to Watch" portfolio, praised by Rolling Stone as the "Nashville It Girl," touted by Billboard as "Country's Next Queen" and selected as one of CMT's Next Women of Country.

Ballerini earned two most-performed song awards at the 2016 ASCAP Country Music Awards for her breakout hits "Dibs" and "Love Me Like You Mean It," the latter of which she also performed as the show's special guest opener. In 2015, she was awarded Billboard's "Rising Star" honor at its prestigious Women in Music event, and has continued to gain recognition by scoring her first-ever ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, multiple Radio Disney Music Awards, and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year. Ballerini is vying for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 51st Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on November 8.

As previously announced, the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will also include the presentation of the ASCAP Founders Award to Rodney Crowell, as well as awards for ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature live performances of some of the top five most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and/or the artists who recorded them. Members of the press can request event credentials by contacting Ronna Rubin at

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