“Rolling Up the Welcome Mat”, nominated for the 2024 Grammy Awards, 2024 to be held on 4 February

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The ‘Rolling Up the Welcome Mat’ EP by the country music artist is competing for best country album at the 2024 Grammy Awards to be held on February 4th. Since the release of “Rolling Up the Welcome Mat,” Kelsea Ballerini has experienced a sense of being on a “Mountain with a View.”

The country music artist and Pantene Healthy Hair Ambassador spoke with PEOPLE for Pantene about her positive feedback on the project, her gratitude for the nomination of her 2023 EP Rolling Up the Welcome for best country album at the 2024 Grammy Awards, and how honored she is by this honor.

Ballerini, states, “I think this last year of my life has just changed everything about the way that I think about my career and my private life.”

She says the popularity of the EP, in which she opens up about her divorce from country music artist Morgan Evans, served as inspiration for her to always be vulnerable in her songs moving ahead. The hitmaker responds, “I believe I achieved my freedom as a songwriter,” as a result of the experience.

No amount of truth-telling or depth can make anything less relevant, according to a lesson the CMA Award winner says she has learnt and holds dear. “I think that for a long time, I would try to soften the edges, even though I was writing about my life and my feelings, because I was thinking, ‘I want everyone to feel themselves in this,’ or see themselves in the story.”

However, she states that the idea of Rolling Up the Welcome Mat was that it “wasn’t for anyone else.” Regarding the record, which includes songs like “Penthouse,” “Blindsided,” and others, the singer-songwriter says, “I made it very selfishly, quite literally emotionally because I had to.”

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I shared the name of my dog, addresses, receipts, and other details, and it had more of an impact than anything else I’ve ever shared. The 66th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 4. This is Ballerini’s fourth nomination overall.

When the country-pop singer was nominated for best new artist in 2017, the Recording Academy gave her her first recognition.