Nick Jonas says his “guitar solo debacle” with Kelsea Ballerini at the ACM Awards led him to seek therapy

Nick Jonas and Kelsea Ballerini onstage at the 2016 ACM Awards
(Image credit: Kevin Winter / ACM2016 / Getty)

Nick Jonas has said that he sought therapy following his disastrous guitar solo guest spot with Kelsea Ballerini at 2016’s ACM Awards.

It’s the situation every guitarist fears: you’re readying yourself for a solo, you hear the cue, play the first note and then… nothing. It’s gone from your mind – and nothing is coming to replace it. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.