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"Small Town Boy" Dustin Lynch reveals his Entertainer of the Year pick, as he celebrates his fifth #1

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaEven though Dustin Lynch didn’t manage to walk away with a CMA nomination this year, his week still got off to a pretty great start.

The Tullahoma, Tennessee native found out his latest hit, “Small Town Boy,” has just become his fifth #1 in a row, just as his third album, Current Mood, is set to come out on Friday.

After announcing the 2017 CMA nods on ABC’s Good Morning America with Brothers Osborne and Lauren Alaina on Monday, Dustin’s Current Mood couldn’t have been much better.

“Excited! Honored!” he said, describing his "current mood" to ABC Radio. “I just read the CMA nominees! I mean, to be the face of this morning is an amazing, I like to say tip of the hat and pat on the back and high-five from the Nashville music community.”

So who is Dustin’s pick for 2017 Entertainer of the Year?

“It’s gonna be a tough race this year,” he says. “You know, Garth [Brooks] has had such a huge year. And gosh, he’s tough to compete with when it comes to Entertainer of the Year. But I don’t want to pick!”

In the end, Dustin admits he does have a favorite.

“I always pull for the guys who’ve had me on tour, kinda taken me under their wing,” he explains. “So I’ve got to hope that Luke [Bryan] gets it. You know, only because he’s had me out for a couple of years. And what a life-changing experience that was. So I’m always gonna pull for my boy Luke, who took a chance on me first.”  

Eric ChurchChris Stapleton and Keith Urban are also in the running for CMA’s biggest honor. We’ll find out who wins November 8, when the 51st CMA Awards air live on ABC.

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