EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Swift's pal Kelsea Ballerini weighs in on Calvin Harris breakup: 'She's a strong chick'
"She's incredible," Ballerini told ET's Sophie Schillaci at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday. "She's a strong chick, I'm sure she's fine."
However, the 22-year-old "Love Me Like You Mean It" singer admitted that Swift and Harris' split was disappointing, telling ET, "It's a bummer."
Ballerini, who was nominated for both Female Video of the Year and the CMT Social Superstar Award, wasn't letting anything keep her down at the fun, star-studded show, and gushed about getting to be a part of the big night.
"I feel like this is the award show in country music where you just have fun," she shared. "People wear fun things, act crazier. It's a little looser, it's fun for us."
While Ballerini didn't exactly wear something crazy to the raucous celebration, the songstress did look great in a black, semi-sheer dress that teased her long legs and showed off her fit figure.
Ballerini's video for her single "Dibs" didn't snag the award for Female Video of the Year -- which went to Carrie Underwood for her "Smoke Break" video – but the young star praised the CMT Awards for celebrating the art of music videos.
"Music videos to me are like an extension of a song," she explained. "You can make a video that shows a different side of a song that people maybe didn't think about when they it heard it the first time, and I think it's really cool that they honor that tonight."
Ballerini recently spoke with ET after premiering the video for her latest single "Peter Pan," the third off her major label debut, The First Time.
"I've been waiting to shoot this video for, like, ever," Ballerini gushed. "It's like, my dream video. I'm so excited." Check out the clip below to hear more from the country melodist.