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Nick Jonas Revealed He Had To Seek Therapy After His Infamous Blunder At The 2016 ACM Awards When He “Blacked Out” On Live TV

“As I walked toward her, I just went completely blank, and I hit a wrong note and blacked out basically and clocked that it was wrong, and I couldn't stop.”

Nick Jonas reflected on the “traumatic” moment in his career that led him to seek therapy.

Closeup of Nick Jonas

This week, Nick and his fellow Jonas Brothers, Kevin and Joe Jonas, appeared on an episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast to look back on the various highs and lows of their long careers in the spotlight.

Closeup of the Jonas Brothers

At one point, when discussing the lower moments they’ve experienced as musicians, Nick brought up a “tragic guitar solo debacle that happened on live TV” while the JoBros were on a break between 2013 and their 2019 comeback.

Closeup of the Jonas Brothers at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

He proceeded to recall an infamous live performance at the 2016 ACM Awards when he joined country star Kelsea Ballerini on stage to perform a duet of her song, “Peter Pan.”

Nick Jonas and Kelsea Ballerini onstage

“Kelsea and I had a couple performances together, and this was one of them,” the 30-year-old remembered. “I come out for my thing. I rehearsed it a million times. I'm feeling really confident about it — not even really thinking about it like it's a thing that's going to be problematic.”

Closeup of Kelsea Ballerini and Nick Jonas

Nick — who was riding the wave of a successful solo career at the time — recalled that the live performance had started off totally “fine” before he suddenly went off-key during his guitar solo.

Closeup of Nick Jonas

“As I walked toward her, I just went completely blank, and I hit a wrong note and blacked out basically and clocked that it was wrong, and I couldn't stop,” he said.

Nick Jonas onstage with Kelsea Ballerini

In the seven years since, Nick said he’s spent hours and hours unpacking the live blunder, but “still can't really figure out exactly what happened.”

Closeup of Nick Jonas

“I was rushed to a car and rushed to a plane right after it,” he said, recalling the aftermath. “I looked at my manager and said, ‘I think that was bad.’ I was, like, in shock kinda.”

Closeup of Nick Jonas

Unfortunately, the mishap didn’t go unnoticed, with one clip of the moment currently boasting more than 4.2 million views on YouTube.

Nick Jonas onstage

“In retrospect, I can kind of laugh about how big I thought it was,” he said, before addressing how viral it was at the time. “But it did travel more than I wish it would have, and it did cause me to go to therapy.”

Nick Jonas onstage

Looking back, Nick described it as a “really traumatic moment that shaped the pressure I put on myself to be perfect and to always be on.”

Closeup of Nick Jonas

Dax proceeded to ask if he was able to grow from the experience and apply less pressure. Nick agreed, but still emphasized that it was one of the “worst” moments of his entire career.

Nick Jonas onstage

At the time, Kelsea had been quick to come to Nick’s defense, telling People that she still thought the performance was awesome.

Closeup of Kelsea Ballerini

“It was my first big kid award show performance, and I was so excited to do ‘Peter Pan,’” she said. “It's my favorite song I've gotten to release so far, and then to be able to share it with Nick — who is one of my favorite artists since I was, like, 12 — it was just super cool.”

Nick Jonas and Kelsea Ballerini onstage

You can listen to the Jonas Brothers’ entire interview on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard here.