Kelsea Ballerini's Exclusive ACM Awards Photo Diary for PEOPLE
Kelsea Ballerini was all smiles getting glam for the ACM red carpet with make-up artist Meegen Pearson.
Kelsea went with a natural look for the carpet with sleek hair and barely-there make up.
ICING ON THE CAKE
The finishing touches to her red carpet look? Jewels from Fernando Rodriguez and Swarovski, a Rebecca Minkoff clutch and Stuart Weitzman shoes.
The star arrived on the red carpet in her Georges Hobeika gown and struck a pose for photographers.
Some final stitches before making her first-ever ACM performance in a custom piece designed by Hayley Paige.
FEELING ALL THE FEELS
“I just go into work mode and can’t think about the fact I'm performing with Nick Jonas (who I may have had posters of on my wall). I know all of this is going to hit me afterwards,” she says.
The two stars catch up backstage before making the TV debut of her new single, “Peter Pan.”
SAY (NACHO) CHEESE
The only way to celebrate her win for ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year? Snacking on Doritos, obviously.
THAT'S A WRAP
“I can't wait to go hug everyone's neck!”