Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dierks Bentley Rises to Lead the 48th CMA Awards Male Nominees with Five

Dierks Bentley is a riser.  If you're a hard-core DB Congress member you already knew that.  But today, the members of the CMA proved they know it, too, by nominating him in five CMA Awards categories: Male Vocalist, Single, Song, Music Video and Album Of The Year.

The number "Five" is significant.  It's the total number of awards the CMA was given for their consideration to vote for Dierks, and its a song on his Album Of The Year nominated, Riser.  Not only is that more nods than the rest of the guys, but only one other artist, his pal Miranda Lambert, earned more with nine nominations.

"I feel like every record I've made I've always given it my all as a songwriter, but for some reason this record came together to make that one album that you always dream of putting out there," Bentley told Rolling Stone Country immediately after getting the good news.

While we guessed the win that would mean the most to Dierks would be Album Of The Year for Riser, he also told Rolling Stone how special the Song of the Year nod for I Hold On is for him:

"...when you think of the craft of songwriting, being nominated for Song of the Year is really special. Every 10 years something like that comes along, and it all works out. ['I Hold On'] wasn't a song that I was even trying to write. I was just talking about the death of my dad, and asked a lot of personal questions about myself."

Read more of Dierks' reaction here.

We could not be happier that the country music industry and his peers are finally taking notice and recognizing Dierks for all his talent that we've been in awe of  for years!

Check out the categories and other nominees below. Which one(s) do you think Dierks has the best chance of winning? Post your thoughts in the comments!

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Album of the Year

Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters)"Automatic," written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert
"Follow Your Arrow," written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
"Give Me Back My Hometown," written by Eric Church and Luke Laird
"I Don't Dance," written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson
"I Hold On," written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley

Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)"Automatic," Miranda Lambert
"Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
"Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
"Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year"Automatic," Miranda Lambert
"Bartender," Lady Antebellum
"Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley
"Follow Your Arrow," Kacey Musgraves
"Something Bad," Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live on November 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.


  1. I think he has a good shot at Album Of The Year. I'd love it if he'd win them all, but I realize that's not being realistic. Sherrie

  2. Album of the Year! Riser is the only album nominated that I own.
    I Hold On.