Dierks Bentley is looking forward to this weekend's Grammy Awards -- not only because he's a nominee for his 'Beautiful World' duet with Patty Griffin, but also for the people-watching ... and the free beer, of course! The country star says that he always enjoys the Grammys, though it's a completely different atmosphere than the country awards shows.

"This is my third time going to the Grammys, and I really do enjoy the whole circus that it is, and enjoy being part of it. And I appreciate it more every time, because you never know if it's gonna be your last time," Dierks tells The Boot. "The country scene -- we're a community, and you know everybody. This is more like a spectacle with the rock and pop and craziness, and I love soaking it in ... and all the parties and free beer and food ... I just love it!"

Dierks reports he's planning more collaborations for his upcoming record, and recently offered up his help on a song called 'Seventeen Cents' on bluegrass band the Infamous Stringdusters' new album, as well.