By Courtney E. Smith
Since his Entertainer of the Year win at the ACM Awards in 2013, Luke Bryan’s profile has only gotten high and higher. 2014 was the year he really delivered on that promise and then some, breaking through from being well known in country circles to becoming a household name.
“You can’t pinpoint sort of one song or one moment that accelerated Luke Bryan,” music journalist Alan Light says of his meteoric year. “It wasn’t like there was one single that turned the switch. It seems like there’s been this steady build, single after single and album after album, watching him go. At a certain point there was enough momentum and critical mass that it exploded.”
From his sold-out That’s My Kind of Night Tour to Favorite Male Country Artist AMA (for the third year in a row) to being on Fashion Rocks!, Bryan was everywhere in 2014, from New York City to farms in rural Georgia.
“Looking back, it’s truly an amazing year for me,” Bryan says. “I played so many iconic places and fans poured in with all of this urgency, fighting for tickets and all that. It was an amazing, amazing situation.”
The 50th ACM Awards air Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.