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Kelsea Ballerini made a powerful statement at the 2023 CMT Awards when she took the stage with a group of drag queens for a stunning performance. The country singer took to the stage with the drag queens, who are part of the CMT show’s cast, in a show of solidarity with the LGBT community and to protest the lack of representation of the LGBTQ+ community in country music.
The performance, which was part of a medley of Ballerini’s songs, started with the singer singing her hit “Miss Me More” while surrounded by the drag queens. As the song came to an end, the drag queens raised their hands in the air and Ballerini joined them in a powerful dance.
The performance was met with rapturous applause from the audience, who were clearly moved by Ballerini’s show of solidarity with the LGBT community. Speaking after the performance, Ballerini said that she “wanted to use [her] platform to show the world that country music is open to everyone.”
Ballerini’s performance was not only a powerful statement of support for the LGBT+ community, but also a reminder that there is still more work to be done in terms of representation. Despite the progress made in recent years, the country music industry still has a long way to go in terms of truly representing the LGBT+ community.
For now, Ballerini’s powerful performance will likely remain a highlight of the 2023 CMT Awards. With her bold show of support, the country singer has shown that country music can be a place of acceptance and inclusion for all.