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Luke Bryan Wins ACM Entertainer of the Year for Third Time, Calls First Win in 2012 ‘Premature’

by Jacklyn Krol
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For Luke Bryan, the third times a charm!

On April 18, Bryan took home his third ACM Entertainer of the Year award. He first won the award back in 2012 and then for a second time in 2014. But for the “One Margarita” singer, this year finally felt right.

“For me, my first Entertainer of the Year when I won it was like I didn’t feel worthy. I didn’t feel like it was time,” Luke Bryan shared. That year he was in between albums and put on his annual Farm Tour.

“I felt like it might have been premature,” he admitted. “I think that the stars and the cosmos and the powers that be really make these things happen. ”

Bryan added that sometimes he was extremely surprised that he won something while other times he lost something that he thought he was going to win. “There’s [sic] been nights where I knew someone was going to win and they didn’t win,” he shared.

Luke Bryan’s Point of View

Bryan explained that artists “can’t get caught up in one year.” Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. He said that an artist has to create because they love it and have the passion for it.

“One day when you’re 75, 80 years old and you look back at your body of work and what you are and what you were,” he continued. “Hopefully you look back and you can go, ‘God I loved every minute of that. I loved the years that I didn’t win because they challenged me and they made me work harder at all aspects.'”

For the years that an artist does win, they could look back and realize that they “took it for granted and that was a shame.”

Luke Bryan believes that he has his feet on “firm solid ground throughout all of this.” He said that some musicians can get lost in the spotlight and lose themselves. He hopes that he has created a “nice level-headed approach” to make music for the rest of his life.

One of his other goals is for those newer artists to have the same opportunities that he did. He also wants to make sure that the lessons that he has learned are passed down. “I always will relish trying to make sure people are happy doing music. I’m really really thankful that I still am and certainly thankful for tonight,” he concluded.