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Kelsea Ballerini Performing Britney Spears Tribute at 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards

Kelsea Ballerini Britney Spears tribute 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
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Kelsea Ballerini is hosting the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, but she’ll also have another important role: The country star, Sofia Carson, Demi Lovato and Hailee Steinfeld will team up during the ceremony to honor Britney Spears.

Radio Disney Music Awards organizers revealed the big performance news on Wednesday (April 26); Ballerini had previously been revealed as a performer and the night’s host, but her collaboration with the three pop artists was new news. During the 2017 RDMAs, Spears will receive the show’s first-ever Icon Award.

“She’s a legend, I think she’s the queen of pop music, and I adore Britney Spears,” Ballerini says. The singer has often cited Spears as a musical influence, including when she released her ’90s pop-influenced “Yeah Boy” music December.

“I definitely love pushing boundaries, and I’ve always loved strong female artists in every genre, and Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson are some of my favorites,” Ballerini said at the time. “I probably picked up some of their performance tendencies that I put in my live show and in this video.”

In addition to hosting and performing at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, Ballerini is also nominated for Best Crush Song, Breakout Artist of the Year, Radio Disney Country Favorite Song and Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist. A complete list of 2017 RDMA nominees is available on Radio Disney’s official website.

The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards will be held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Saturday (April 29) and air on the Disney Channel on Sunday (April 30) at 7PM ET.

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