Can we talk about Kelsea Ballerini?
The 22-year-old – who took home her first-ever ACM Award for new female vocalist this year – has quickly stolen our hearts with her catchy singles and infectious personality and has now been crowned the award show’s reigning prom queen.
Okay, it’s not an official title deemed by the Academy, but it’s hard not to acknowledge Ballerini’s totally royal presence. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling for all the evidence.
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1. SHE’S EVERYONE’S CRUSH
ACMs host Dierks Bentley gave the “Peter Pan” crooner a shout-out, rightfully giving her the props she deserves when it comes to her undeniable talent and beauty.
2. SHE DONNED A FLAWLESS GOWN
Bow down! Can you say flawless? Also, purple = royalty. Prom queen, FTW.
3. SHE SCORED A DREAMY PROM DATE
And simultaneously fulfilled a childhood dream by performing her second hit single, “Peter Pan,” with Nick Jonas on the ACMs stage. “I thought I was going to marry him when I was 13 years old,” Ballerini confessed to The Tennessean. “So, it’s very casual that I’m onstage with him.”
4. ALL EYES WERE ON HER
Literally. She had her own musical number and all eyes were glued on the ACM winner, who performed her hit singles “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Peter Pan” for the first time at the awards show.
5. SHE’S LITERALLY INCAPABLE OF TAKING A BAD PICTURE
Which is exactly the reason why her Instagram game is so strong. You just know everyone else will be flocking to her feed to see all the double-tap-worthy gems from the night.