Kane Brown Humbly Reacts To His ACM Entertainer of the Year Nomination [Exclusive]

The superstar also recalls the moment he received the “exciting” news.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 18, 2024


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Kane Brown; Photo by Matthew Berinato

On the morning of April 9, Kane Brown woke up to the news that he had been nominated for the ACM Awards’ top honor of Entertainer of the Year. During an exclusive chat with Country Now backstage at his recent Chicago concert, Brown reminisced about the moment he first received the news.

“I remember waking up… My manager called my wife and I was still sleeping. And then she told me I was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and I was like, ‘That’s awesome!’” 

Then, he says he “went back to sleep.” 

Kane Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga
Kane Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga

His 15th ACM Awards Nomination

This marks Brown’s 15th career ACM Awards nomination and he says he’s “super grateful” to be recognized, however, at times, the singer/songwriter admits he doesn’t feel worthy of the nomination or the potential win.    

“I’m a person that looks at everything, so when it’s Entertainer of the Year, of course it’s amazing to be up there, but I’m the type of person that if I won, I feel like I don’t deserve it right now,” he humbly states. “I mean Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are killing it. Then I saw Chris Stapleton on the list. Chris has such a good voice and I didn’t realize he was playing stadiums too.”

While he isn’t one to brag on himself, Brown is just as deserving of the nomination. His current In The Air Tour is his biggest tour to date and includes several stops at stadiums around the country. On this trek, Brown solidifies his place as a top-tier headliner, delivering not just a show, but an experience, with some of the best production on the road right now. 

Kane Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga
Kane Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga

“Just entertaining wise, I’d put myself up there, but to win it, I wouldn’t think I would feel deserving,” he explains, modestly. 

What Defines Success For Kane Brown?

Brown, who recently earned his 11th No.1 single at country radio with “I Can Feel It,” says he also finds success in other aspects of his career, not just in nominations or awards.

“I think success comes as not only selling tickets to shows, which is always good to care about, and music as well, but it’s also excelling at being a good role model for everybody else and not getting too big of a head,” he tells us. “I just try to be a good person in general. Because at the end of the day, everybody, to me, people are still people. I just want people to know that I am the most normal person that you could be hanging around. I don’t look at my name as anything. That’s success to me, and providing for my family.” 

Brown is nominated for ACM Entertainer of the Year alongside Combs, Wallen, Stapleton, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, and Lainey Wilson. The winner will be revealed on Thursday, May 16 during the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will take place at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. 

Click HERE to enter for a chance to win a trip to the ACM Awards.

 “Country Music’s Party of the Year,” will stream live exclusively on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch Live beginning at 8 pm ET. 

Details surrounding the ACM Awards host, presenters, and performers have yet to be announced.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.