Pictures taken throughout Kelsea Ballerini's relationship with boyfriend turned fiancé Morgan Evans show it didn't take long for an innocent spark to turn into a raging, passionate fire. In just over nine months the couple got engaged, and this photo gallery shows them at key points in their young relationship.

Ballerini met the Australian singer-songwriter when both were tapped to host the CMC Awards in Brisbane, Australia last March. You'll find their red carpet shot from that night at the start of this gallery — it's right before a photo taken backstage at the 2016 CMT Awards in Nashville last June. Video from the CMC Awards, when watched in hindsight, shows a flirty tension. We're not gonna say we knew it, but ... OK, we didn't know it.

Fast forward to November and the young couple can hardly contain themselves on the red carpet of the 2016 CMA Awards. Ballerini and Evans are adorable as they cuddle, kiss and flirt in front of cameras eager to catch it all. One month later they'd tour together before finally, on Christmas Day, Evans would ask her to marry him.

"This morning, 9 months and 13 days later, he got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was burning pancakes and asked me to marry him," Ballerini writes in an Instagram photo. She hashtagged it #HECALLEDDIBS, referring to her hit song "Dibs."

There's no details about when and where the "Yeah Boy" singer will marry Evans. 2017 promises to be an even busier year than 2016 as she's working on a new album and looking forward to the 2017 Grammy Awards, where she's up for Best New Artist, all genre.

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