Thomas Rhett: 2019 CMA Awards Nods Are ‘Pretty Mind-Blowing’
In just a few short weeks, Thomas Rhett will be headed into the 2019 CMA Awards with his name in the running for two of the evening's awards: Album of the Year (for Center Point Road) and Male Vocalist of the Year. As far as trophies go, he's tempering his expectations, but he says that the experience is sure to be a fun one, win or lose.
"The CMAs are one of my favorite nights of the year. You get to see everybody, you get to dress up," he tells The Boot and other outlets. "Every time I'm nominated, I go in with very low expectations for myself. But it's always super cool when you do win."
To date, Rhett has two CMA Awards trophies to his name (the 2018 Music Video of the Year award, for "Marry Me," and the 2016 Single of the Year honor, for "Die a Happy Man"). He was also nominated in the male vocalist category in both 2017 and 2018. Between the release of Center Point Road and his massive touring calendar over the course of the year, however, 2019 could be the year he brings home the prestigious title.
Rhett adds that he's particularly humbled by his Album of the Year nod, however. "Album of the Year is about the coolest award I could be nominated for," he relates. Named for a street in the singer's hometown "that shaped and influenced much of his life experiences," Center Point Road delves into Rhett's past and family life more meaningfully than any of his previous albums.
"You spend so much time on the road writing, and figuring out what the direction of the album is going to be. And when you have that many people that voted for an album, to be one of the top five or six, that's pretty mind-blowing," he points out.
Rhett's family -- including his two young daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James -- are a big part of his songwriting inspiration. His wife Lauren frequently joins him at awards shows and on red carpets, but will his two toddlers be making an appearance on the carpet this time around?
"I tell you what, maybe! Maybe," Rhett adds with a laugh. "They usually go to bed at eight. If they can stay awake that long, I might just do it."
The 2019 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 13, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood will co-host the event, which will also be highlighting some of country music's female artists. Additional performers, as well as a list of presenters, will be announced in the coming weeks.
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