Brantley Gilbert of Jefferson was at the Country Music Association’s annual awards show Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn., where he was nominated for “Song of the Year.”
The award went to Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry for “If I Die Young.”
Gilbert was nominated for “Dirt Road Anthem,” which he co-wrote with Colt Ford. The song is performed by Jason Aldean of Georgia, who won a CMA Award for Album of the Year.
Gilbert has had a successful year, with his current hit, “Country Must Be Country Wide” being number four on the Billboard country music charts, topping songs by Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and the Zac Brown Band. He has also toured across the United States, including opening for Willie Nelson. Gilbert was recently featured on a segment of CMT.