Kelsea Ballerini Points Out How One Simple Voting Poll Can 'Compromise' Everything Female Country Artists Are Working For

Kelsea Ballerini Points Out How One Simple Voting Poll Can 'Compromise' Everything Female Country Artists Are Working For

Kelsea Ballerini wasn’t really thrilled to see one particular poll about the upcoming ACM Awards this morning.

In a new Instagram post, the “Peter Pan” singer opened up about how, even though it’s just a voting poll, can really ruin all that female country artists are working toward in the industry right now.

“Since I put out my first single over 4 years ago, every interview includes some form of question about the females in country music…or the current lack thereof,” Kelsea starts. “So we swim upstream and wear ourselves out trying to be heard and finally see the charts start to mention a few more of our names, the categories recognize a few more of our songs, and even start to cheer each other on. But then there’s something as simple and seemingly harmless as this, that sets us back.”

She continues, “It takes the dozens of talented, determined, hard working, kind women that want to continue the incredible marks on the genre the woman before us have made, and it makes us feel like there’s only one spot available.”

“Then there’s tension. And insecurity; and this magical bond that females have when we truly, actually want each other to win…it gets compromised. It makes me sad because I feel it. Heck, it makes me insecure.”

Kelsea adds that the poll even made her second guess herself.

“It makes me feel tension in a room where there is another girl that is successful. It makes me awkward. It makes me overthink conversations. It makes me assume the worst. Which is actually CRAZY.”

The poll may be out and many possibly have already voted on it, but she’s not going to have it define her.

“This is definitely an instavent,” Kelsea confessed. “Because I just don’t want the new females in country music to be misrepresented to the fans or the media as the popular girls in high school that pose for photos like we’re bffs but secretly despise the one that dates the quarterback. And more than that, I don’t want US to feel like that.

“This isn’t mean girls, this is country music. Where you actually CAN sit with us.”

Remember, lift them up and stop comparing. No one person is like the other.

The 2018 ACM Awards air this weekend.

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