Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae Make ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List


Pictured (L-R): Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini and Maddie and Tae have both been named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Music List for 2017. Now in its sixth year, the annual list selects a cross-section of today’s leading young innovators and change initiators in the U.S. The list picks 30 young game-changers under 30 in 20 different industries who are rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers and more.

The list is pretty prestigious: there are 15,000+ nominations for only 600 spots. According to Forbes, that’s an under 4 percent acceptance rate, making it harder to get into than the nation’s two most selective colleges, Stanford and Harvard University.

Previous honorees include billionaire Mark Zuckerburg, actress Jennifer LawrenceChance the Rapper, Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Morgan, model Ashley Graham, Global Citizen cofounder Hugh Evans, and Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon.




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