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Jelly Roll Opens Up About Being Invited as the Opening Act for the CMA Awards: “I Thought They Were Messing With Me” (Exclusive)

Jelly Roll has made a big name for himself in the country music world, and it’s no secret.

This year, he’s scored five CMA Award nominations, ranging from Single of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year to Musical Event of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. But the real icing on the cake? He’s been selected to open the 57th Annual CMA Awards with a performance of his hit track “Need a Favor.”

While it’s undeniably a massive honor, the pressure is real. During a candid interview with Circle All Access, Jelly Roll confessed that when he received the news about opening the CMA’s, he initially suspected it might be some kind of prank. “When they called me and said I was opening up the CMA’s, I thought they were messing with me,” he admitted.

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Of course, it wasn’t a joke. Jelly Roll’s rapid rise in the country music industry has been nothing short of remarkable, with awards rolling in. He recently swept the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards, winning titles such as Male Artist of 2023, New Artist of 2023, Song of 2023 for “Need a Favor,” and Collaboration Song of 2023 for “Save Me,” a collaboration with Lainey Wilson. There’s no denying that Jelly Roll has undeniably proven himself as the ideal choice to kick off such a prestigious event.

Amidst all the success, he’s refreshingly candid about his anxieties, openly expressing his concern about being on that grand stage.

“I don’t want to be the first screw up,” he admitted.

In a world often filled with uncertainties, his dedication to his craft and sincere humility make him a standout figure in the country music scene. As he steps onto the prestigious CMA stage, we can’t help but cheer him on, knowing that he’s not just an exceptional artist, but also a testament to the power of hard work and staying true to oneself.