Luke Bryan in a ‘Win/Win Situation’ on ACM Night
Luke Bryan figures he's already a winner at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards. His fans have voted him the Top New Solo Vocalist. Luke is now vying for the Top New Artist award with ACM's Top New Group, Gloriana, and Top Duo, Joey & Rory.
When asked about being classified as a "new artist" after having two albums and a No. 1 single ('Do I'), Luke points out, "In this day and age, when it takes a song 40 weeks to go up the charts, I'll be glad to be a new artist as long as I can! ... I'm very appreciative of having my fans vote me there."
Among the fans who were behind Luke in his Top New Solo Artist endeavor were many of his peers, who even got together to make a video asking for fan support to ensure that the singer was in the running. They turned the video into a 'Vote for Luke Bryan (Don't Vote for Luke Bryan)' campaign, enticing votes through humor ... and Luke in a leotard! (Watch the hilarious video below.)
"Me and some people at Capitol Records took the marketing scheme that President Obama had and did a 'Don't Vote' campaign, obviously encouraging people to go out and vote for me for the ACM Award," Luke explains to The Boot. "It was one of the things that helped me win the first round of voting from the fans. I think we'll lean on it to help me in the second round, as well. Some of my celebrity friends, like Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Kimberley and Phillip from Little Big Town, along with Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, Little Jimmy Dickens, all turned out to have a little fun while taping the video. I think it just caught people's attention when they saw the stars on there."
Luke figures he's a winner either way on April 18. The singer will also be making an appearance on a segment of NBC's 'The Apprentice' that night. "I'm not one of the celebrities, I'm just a guest on one of the episodes," he says, explaining that he's really not allowed to talk about what he did on the show. "I won't even be able to watch it to see how it turned out, but I figure it's a win/win situation. I'll be on two networks in one night and that's a good thing!"
As previously reported on The Boot, Luke and Emily West will be featured in a Nashville-themed segment where the celebrity teams have to figure out what it takes to turn someone into a country star. They follow in the footsteps of two country stars who actually did compete on past seasons of the show, Trace Adkins and Clint Black.
The ACM Awards show will air live from Las Vegas on April 18 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.