Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan planned a special acoustic set for his appearances as part of the 11th annual Opry Goes Pink tonight at the Grand Ole Opry. Luke began each of the two sold-out shows “flipping the switch” on the signature barn turning it pink to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. During his first Opry show performance, Luke was surprised with a special presentation by the Academy of Country Music’s RAC Clark naming him the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party.
“‘Crash My Party’ was such a life changing album for us,” shared Luke from the stage of the Opry. “We didn’t know it at the time, we were just loving making music for you guys. It blew my mind the love and support we had from the fans. It’s so fun getting to do this. Thank you to my producer Jeff and my record label and management for sharing this experience with me tonight!”
Rarely do we let interruptions happen during the #Opry broadcast, but when we do, it's because @ACMawards is presenting @LukeBryanOnline with ALBUM OF THE DECADE for "Crash My Party!" Congratulations, Luke! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/QjUj3Tq7nz
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) October 23, 2019
The ACM Album of the Decade Award recognizes an album that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors to be considered are, but are not limited to the success at radio of singles released from album, album concept, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
Luke’s four-time Platinum selling album Crash My Party, produced by Jeff Stevens, was released in 2013 and firmly planted his career as a superstar entertainer. Crash My Party was the largest sales debut for a country male artist since 2004, selling nearly 530,000 albums its first week and debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Country sales chart. The album went on to sell over four million copies and contains six consecutive #1 singles, “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” Drink A Beer,” “Play It Again,” “Roller Coaster,” and “I See You.”
About Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is a two–time Academy of Country Music and a two–time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a two–year celebrity judge on ABC’s “American Idol,” a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Bryan has more certified digital singles than any other country artist, with 46 million tracks and 12 million albums with four Billion music streams. Bryan has now placed 23 singles at #1, 12 of which he co-wrote. In May 2019, Luke kicked off his “Sunset Repeat Tour” with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Langston and played for 50,000 fans its opening weekend and followed by a sold–out show in Boston’s Gillette Stadium. The tour wraps this Friday in Detroit’s Ford Field bringing his career headline stadium concert tally to 36. Last summer, Bryan opened Nashville’s only six-floor entertainment facility in the heart of Music City, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK. The name was inspired by Bryan’s childhood home near Route 32 Bridge in Lee County, Georgia.
Luke Bryan (what would make CMP a success) OC: …widely accepted. :58
“In my opinion what would define the success of this album is obviously to…gosh, I don’t know, to sell three or four million albums certainly. But my main thing is to continue to move the needle on the fans knowing that I’m upping my game constantly and coming with better songs and singing better than ever and fueling the live show in whatever is going to, the ability to grow into bigger and bigger and bigger venues constantly for as many years as I can. And making sure this album continues that upper climb of upward movement to being an even more elite entertainer on a global scale to where my music is me, to where I didn’t change my music to make it global. I make kind of a more of an audience come to what I’m saying and selling. And if I can do that on this album it’s a success. So just telling my story and making my story that which is something that is widely accepted.”