Not only will Luke Bryan co-host this Sunday night’s 50th ACM Awards with Blake Shelton, but he’s also nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year against one of his musical influences, Garth Brooks. Just trying to wrap his mind around the thought of that, Luke says, “When I started getting nominated for Entertainer of the Year and being in those categories like that. I can honestly say I never thought I’d be in a category with Garth Brooks and George Strait and stuff. So, it’s very mind-boggling and very flattering. I just can’t believe I’m in this situation to where these people know who I am, you know? I never would’ve thought I would be here.”
Luke has come a long way from the first ACM Awards he ever attended as a brand new artist. “My first year out here, Reba was hosting and Capitol [Records] flew me out, and this was like a year before my first album ever came out,” recalls Luke. “I just sat in the back and ate popcorn, and I think Reba walked out and I started crying, so that was an amazing moment. It’s just crazy that, fast-forward the clock and now Entertainer of the Year of the ACM Awards, and I’ve hosted it twice – it’s pretty, pretty crazy.”
Luke won the ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy in 2013, so 2015 could be his second win. He’s also nominated for Male Vocalist, Song of the Year for “Drink A Beer” and Vocal Event of the Year with Florida Georgia Line for “This Is How We Roll.” Plus, it was already announced that Luke was chosen to receive this year’s Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.
The 50th Annual ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS.