1. The Black music video was nominated for Video of the Year
Others nominated in the category include:
"It Ain’t My Fault" - Brothers Osborne (Dierks' touring buddies in 2018!)
"Legends" - Kelsea Ballerini
"Marry Me" - Thomas Rhett
"We Should Be Friends" - Miranda Lambert
Last summer, when talking about Black, Dierks said, "It's about my wife; watching this one rise to the top of the chart is extra sweet.” Seeing the video nominated in this category--with the song and imagery inspired by his wife, Cassidy--is, no doubt, worth any award.
2. Dierks will NOT be returning as host with Luke Bryan ...
In February, Dierks let it slip at a Country Radio Seminar interview that he and Luke will not return for a third year as hosts.
"We got fired this year," Dierks jokingly said. "We're out. We are no longer. Is that public knowledge? I assume it is. We won't be back. It was fun! We did two years. I love Luke to death; he's one of my favorite people. ... It's hard not to have fun with Luke. The ACMs are great and [they] were so good to me."
A DB Congress member was in the audience and caught the conversation on video. This topic is discussed at 17:23.
The Academy has not yet announced who will be presenting awards. We're holding out #hope.
3. However, Dierks WILL be performing!
With Woman, Amen--the first single off Dierks' upcoming album, The Mountain--climbing the charts, the Academy announced the song will be performed live during the show.
Perhaps #patience should have been a key to the mountain, because I certainly need some right about now!
Other artists scheduled to take the stage include: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett.
4. YOU could be part of the performance
This is where we see Dierks' personal touch come through. ACM and CBS announced a special opportunity for fans to be part of his performance during the show.
"Dierks Bentley will be performing his hit WOMAN, AMEN and he’s looking to YOU to help him out. Who have been your female everyday heroes, your inspiration ... mom, sister, wife, relative, friend, teacher, coworker, doctor, teammate, coach, or role model? You could be a part of this celebratory anthem by submitting a personal picture of the woman you want to honor."
The Academy explained the selected images will "be featured on screens behind Bentley during the live telecast of his performance."
If the posts we are seeing with #WomanAmenACM are any indication, DBC members will likely see some familiar faces!
#WomanAmenACM This is my mom Becky. She is the glue that keeps us all together :-) my parents been married 57yrs. She is one heck of a #WomanAmen Love you mom 💕 pic.twitter.com/ga7Bc8EWkt— Brenda Estes-Worden (@baconnlegs) March 10, 2018
#WomanAmenACM This is my one and only sister, Michele & she’s my inspiration daily. She’s always there for me & encourages me to be the best that I can be. She gives me faith, grace, hope, strength and love without end. I truly thank God for this #WomanAmen 💚 pic.twitter.com/gcCRgTQYnd— itskeysha✌️ (@CeciaBenoit) March 9, 2018
#WomanAmenACM This is my 94 year old Grandmother who inspires me everyday to be a strong, independent and caring person like she is! She is what #womanAmen by @DierksBentley is all about!! pic.twitter.com/Zid6PDyMZx— Tracy Carter (@cartertracy12) March 8, 2018
The Dierks we know and love will absolutely be taking the stage in true fashion--#humble, #grateful, full of #grace, honoring, fun, and loving the women in his life.
DB Congress viewing party, anyone?
The 53rd ACM Awards, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will air live Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. (EST) on CBS.
DB Congress Rep, WA