A tribute to an icon Kelsea BalleriniStardom in an honored country Shania TwainA fashionable way to attend the ACM Honors
The event took place on Wednesday, Aug 24, and Ballerini, 28 years old, dazzled onto red carpet wearing the exact same sparkly white Marc Bouwer gown Twain wore to the Grammy Awards 1999.
The timeless turtleneck dress is characterized by a figure-hugging shape, long sleeves, and a mermaid-like bottom. Ballerini chose to style her hair in a polished updo, just like her idol. On her feet, the “Roses” singer rocked metallic pumps. Twain did it the same way at the Grammys 23-years ago. (The night was a big one for the musician as she performed her hit “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and won Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.)
Ballerini revealed via her Instagram Stories on Wednesday that she was loaned the sequin look by the Grammy Museum for 24 hours. “Sisterhood of the traveling dress … guess where @ShaniaTwain’s #GRAMMYs dress is off to next,” the Tennessee native wrote over a photo of Twain’s dress on display.
Thursday, August 25, Ballerini shared a series of photos via Instagram showing herself in the stunning gown and praising Twain. She also included photos of herself and Twain together at ACM Honors. “If your hero is Shania Twain, meet your hero. You may become friends and she may even let you wear THE dress,” Ballerini wrote.
She added: “(ps thank you @grammymuseum for letting me borrow it for 24 hours !!! pss tune in to see the whole acm honors sept 13).”
Twain wore a daring black velvet gown with a billowing sleeve. The outfit was complemented with a cowboy hat made of animal prints and matching knee-high boots.
The Cananda native opened up about Ballerini’s tribute to Entertainment Tonight, saying: “I am so blown away.”
Twain added: “She looks stunning. She looks like an angel. It’s very flattering to see her in the dress, and that she even wanted to wear it. I said, ‘I hope it’s not too dusty after being in the [Grammy Museum].’”
The “Any Man of Mine” artist previously opened up about the dress in a 2020 interview with Vogue.
“This is where I really start getting, I guess, excited about shiny and glitzy,” she said in an episode of the fashion publication’s “Life in Looks” series. “Country music artists when I was a kid were always like, really glitzy and shiny, and I thought, ‘Well, you know, I wanna be more sober than that in my style.’ But oh no, once I got into sequins that was it. I’ve never turned back.”