Luke Bryan has been saying ‘no’ a lot lately, he tells the Washington Post. Following his Entertainer of the Year win at the ACM Awards which he co-hosted with Blake Shelton, he’s been turning down television offers, leaving sacks of money on the table to continue focusing on his music.
“It’s my first year in,” he told the Post. “I won entertainer of the year and I ain’t really been an entertainer yet, or what the definition of that is. I had the same feelings when I was asked to co-host with Blake. I turned the ACMs down the first time.”
Luke’s Entertainer of the Year win was viewed as an upset with the likes of Blake, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. The fan-vote award typically goes to an artist who has been headlining their own tours for years, while also selling millions of albums and representing country music around the world. Luke feels he needs to live up to the win before looking at other branches of the entertainment industry.
“I’m getting really, really amazing TV opportunities where it’s quite lucrative financially and it would have been stuff in different public spotlights,” he said. “I can’t believe I’m turning them down, but when I huddle up with my core group of people and think about it, I think it’s neat to just handle the headlining right now. I don’t think I’m savvy enough as a headliner to start taking it for granted.”
Life on the professional front is a little easier for Luke following the win, however. He’s getting every opportunity a top notch performer could ask for and has achieved all of his goals long before he thought he would. With the release of his new album, Crash My Party, Luke is taking the chance to re-evaluate. Read our review of Crash My Party >>
“It’s like an inner peace deal,” he said. “I’ve almost kind of got to redo my goals, you know? Now I think my goal is just happiness and being good to people and getting joy out of taking somebody fishing and putting them on a big fish or something, and watching fans’ faces at my concerts. I don’t know, man, everything I’ve ever dreamed of has happened. I think now I’m just shifting my goals into pure enjoyment.” Read Luke’s full interview with the Washington Post.
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