Sunday, November 9, 2014

We Celebrate Dierks Bentley: A 48th Annual CMA Awards Winner!

It’s very difficult to write a positive blog about Dierks Bentley and The 48th Annual CMA Awards results. Many of us thought that this would be Dierks’s year as Riser, most certainly his best work to date (not counting Up on the Ridge), was pretty much universally praised. So far, it has produced two number one singles, one hilarious video, and a successful tour that has catapulted him to another level as an artist. 

The morning of the show, we celebrated when he won the CMA Award for Video of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane,” which was announced prior to the televised awards show--the first of five nominations, the most of any male artist this year. However, as we went into watching the CMA Awards with high hopes, we came out three hours later utterly disappointed. 

Dierks and his wife Cassidy
“I Hold On,” which was as personal a song as one can get, also became an anthem for many—a perfect combination to ensure a Song of the Year win. Alas, Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally took home the award for “Follow Your Arrow.” 

We watched as Single of the Year and Album of the Year went to his friend and tour mate, Miranda Lambert.  

And as we longed for the tide to turn in the Male Vocalist category, Blake Shelton walked away with the award for another year.  

The one bright spot of the evening, was Dierks and the guys’ performance of “Drunk on a Plane.” Although sound quality was not at its best (for many of the performers) you could see Dierks and company put their all into the song which undoubtedly was the song of the summer.

Dierks himself said, "I've got my 'Yay, somebody else won, congratulations' face down pat. But we're winning right now." 

They most certainly are. 

With the success that 2014 has brought, one can only believe that 2015 will only see his star shine brighter and the industry take note to soon bestow on him the accolades of which he is most deserving. Until then, he will most certainly remain a winner in our eyes.



  1. I completely agree with you. As far as I'm concerned he deserved ALL the awards. It was Dierks that got me into Country music. I hadn't even heard of him until earlier this year when he did C2C
    and since then I have purchased ALL his CD'S, some Little Big Town, Jon Pardi and more. I am a HUGE fan of Dierks, not just his music but oh he himself. He is funny, thoughtful and caring and I believe a really good guy. So, next year the CMA needs to get their heads out of their asses and give awards to those who deserve them...not the same old same old. That's my opinion anyway.

  2. I also really thought he would finally get the awards he deserves this year. One thing to keep in mind is who is voting for these winners. Miranda and Blake are label darlings, while those who truly deserve the recognition are out there working for their fans. Dierks and Eric Church both fall into this category. I Hold On wasn't just the best song on country radio, but in all of radio and the fact that he didn't at least take that one home shows you those who are voting are catering to the industry pleasers. Eric Church's The Outsiders is one of the top selling albums of the year and he also walked away empty handed. Just remind yourself - if these awards were fan voted the results would have been much different. Miranda can go put her awards on her mantle while Dierks will continue to give us the best in concert experience of our lives. Also, I like Blake and Miranda - I just feel their recognition is over rated.