Last year during the CMA Awards we’re not even sure where Kelsea Ballerini was– she could’ve been in attendance as a fan or maybe she was at home watching with friends. This year, the singer will be front-and-center all evening as she’s nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Best New Artist, but all eyes will likely be on her date– Allie Allen.
Kelsea met Allie last February at St. Jude in Memphis as she is fighting brain cancer. Kelsea asked Allie to be her date for the CMA Awards and in a rare twist, Allie met Justin Timberlake the same day. Talk about a good day.
@KelseaBallerini seriously crying my eyes out right now I love you and I can’t wait!!!!! ?❤️?
— Allie Allen (@AlllieAllen) October 17, 2015
In February I got to go to @stjude for the first time for Country Cares. I met this stunningly beautiful 16 year old named Allie who had just gone through 33 rounds of radiation for brain cancer. We talked about tattoos, boys, and how she was still on her high schools dance team. Fast forward to now, she just had a second brain surgery and is about to begin another huge round of radiation and begin chemo. I was so inspired by her the second I met her, so @goodmegan and I planned a surprise trip and drove to Memphis today to give hugs and dance parties. Y’all, this girl is a FIGHTER and one of the sweetest and most positive spirits I’ve ever met. Best day ever.
— Jason Miles (@JMilesWMC) October 16, 2015
The 49th Annual CMA Awards will air live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
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