There are still a few months to go until country music comes together to celebrate the 50th annual CMA Award show this November. In Dierks Bentley’s case though, it’s never too early to start having your fingers crossed for a big win.
Bentley’s latest project, Black, has the opportunity to be nominated for this year’s honor of Album of the Year. He has been up for this trophy, and many many others, before without bringing home a win, but this year he hopes it’s different.
“I know a lot about nominations I’ve been nominated a lot. I love nominations, they’re good,” the 40-year-old singer jokingly told Sounds Like Nashville and other media outlets recently. “You want the respect of your peers and it’s always awesome to be nominated. And to be nominated for Album of the Year? You think about all the great albums that are out there, all the artists that are out there, and competing for that among all the great records that have been nominated, to me, being nominated for something is, a big deal. For this record, the CMA’s, album would be probably the most important nomination I could get.”
Black is such a personal album for Bentley, especially considering his wife’s maiden name serves as the record title. He says that fact, combined with all the hard work put into the making of it, would make an Album of the Year win that much sweeter. But win or lose, Bentley feels his time on the road is an award all of its own.
“You get the chance to walk on stage every night for 10, 12, 15 thousand people and that’s a pretty good award right there every night,” he continued.
If the success of “Somewhere On a Beach” on the charts as well as his current tour is any indicator, this just might be his year. Who knows, he might even take home the top prize.
“They’re all great I feel like we put a pretty good show out there on the road,” Bentley said with a grin. “Entertainer of the Year would be pretty nice too.”