I know, right?
Generation gaps like that one just don’t seem to matter when it comes to music, though.
That’s why, when Ballerini saw Twain singing along to her song “Peter Pan” during the recent CMT Artists of the Year special, it was an unbelievable moment of a lot mutual appreciation, and a little bit of fangirling.
“I saw it while I was singing,” Ballerini told me when she was in Chicago last week. “I was like, ‘Is she singing my song?’”
Twain quickly stopped Ballerini to assure her she knew exactly who she was by telling her, “Kelsea, ’Peter Pan’ is one of my favorite songs.”
“How do I even respond to that?” Ballerini told me. “It was one of those great moments for me as a songwriter and new artist. And to have her encourage me was incredible. I needed that.”
At the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony, Ballerini won the Breakout Artist Award, and Twain was honored as Artist of a Lifetime.