DALLAS -- You can easily call country music artist Kelsea Ballerini's early success "career goals." NewsFix caught up with the rising star fresh off her Grammy nomination.
"I've had a couple of weeks now to process it, but I mean the Grammy's are the pinnacle of music," Ballerini said.
But, that pinnacle wasn't easy to reach for the 23-year-old. Two years ago, shortly after moving to Nashville, Ballerini knew she had to set herself apart from other country music artists.
"We couldn't get in a room with a hit writer to save our lives. We worked really hard for two years to try and get it heard and finally it was heard."
Her single Peter Pan gave her the Grammy edge she craved. It also made her the first woman in country music history to have three back-to-back #1's on the Billboard charts. The magazine also recognized her as "Country's Next Queen."
"It's crazy, I mean I've always been drawn to really strong females in any genre of music especially country music. For them to say that's really cool and it makes me want to work really hard to earn the title."
The singer-songwriter has also set a different tone by collaborating with other artists outside of her genre. She's shared the stage with pop-sensation Daya and is inspired to work with other artists as well.
"I always loved when two people get together and don't necessarily think they'll work together but then it works."
Ballerini's up against Chance The Rapper, Anderson Paak., The Chainsmokers, and North Texas' very own Marren Morris for best new artist.