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In May 2015, Black River released Ballerini's first full-length album, The First Time; it debuted at four on Billboard's U.S. country charts and 31 on the Billboard Top 200, eventually going gold. The following year, she was nominated in the Best New Artist category for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. In June 2017, Ballerini released "Legends," the first single from her sophomore album, Unapologetically, which appeared in November. The LP peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and later earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. The following year saw Ballerini issue a deluxe version of the album that added four new tracks, including the single "Fun & Games." In 2019, she guested on Thomas Rhett's single "Center Point Road" and released the track "Homecoming Queen?," which was the lead single from her third LP. Titled Kelsea, the album appeared in March 2020, debuting at number two on Billboard's Country Chart and number 12 on its Top 200. ~ Steve Leggett