WATCH: Kelsea Ballerini Surprises Carrie Underwood Onstage To Make Big Surprise Announcement

Carrie Underwood

On Wednesday (November 2), country music icon Carrie Underwood traveled to Austin Texas’ Moody Center for yet another sold-out show on her Denim & Rhinestones Tour. Standing atop the newly constructed stage, the “Ghost Story” singer was met with thousands upon thousands of screaming fans. And, to her surprise, an appearance from fellow country star Kelsea Ballerini.

During the show, Kelsea Ballerini stepped on stage carrying a large belt bedecked with hot pink tassels. Carefully holding the front of the belt to her side to avoid revealing the surprise, Kelsea addressed the audience.

“Do you guys know that in the history of the CMT Awards, this queen has the highest number of CMT Awards ever? It’s 25 to be exact,” Ballerini said, revealing the face of the championship belt in her hands.

“So we have a Denim & Rhinestone Champion belt for you!” Kelsea Ballerini added, presenting the bedazzled belt to Carrie Underwood.

The “Heartfirst” singer then informed the crowd of a few details regarding the 2023 CMT Music Awards. First, they will be hosted at the Moody Center in Austin for the very first time on Sunday, April 2. Kelsea Ballerini will also serve as co-host of the awards, marking her third time in the all-important role.

While still on stage, Ballerini then revealed to an ecstatic crowd that the first official performer for the 2023 awards show is none other than Carrie Underwood herself.