Kelsea Ballerini took the CMA Awards stage inside Bridgestone Arena as the second performance of the night to sing her No. 1 hit, “Peter Pan.”

Carrie Underwood introduced the singer, who performed in front of a serene backdrop of a beautiful nighttime, moonlight sky as dancers performed an intimate number in the background, demonstrating majestic ballet moves that complemented the backdrop while Ballerini delivered an emotional vocal performance. The audience could be heard singing and cheering along in the background.

Strutting across the stage while donning a lovely floor-length beige gown, Ballerini’s hair was blowing in the wind as she sang about losing a lover who’s “always gonna fly away” like the childhood tale that the song draws inspiration from. As the song came to a close, the dancers could be seen flying above the stage, showing off impressive acrobatic skills as Ballerini humbly accepted enthusiastic applause from the audience.

Ballerini was the second act to take the stage for a musical number, after the incredible opening number that paid tribute to some of country’s biggest stars and their hits, including “Fancy” by Reba McEntire, the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand by Your Man,” “Forever and Ever” by Randy Travis and much more.

Ballerini is up for two of the night’s awards, Female Vocalist of the Year alongside Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves, and New Artist of the Year with fellow nominees Morris, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and Cole Swindell.

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