Sam Hunt goes into the 51st annual CMA Awards this week with a pair of nominations for Single and Song of the Year due to his huge hit, “Body Like a Back Road.” The song remained at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs for 34 weeks, breaking records and being certified 4x platinum by the RIAA.

Sam, who co-wrote the song with Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, tells us that “Body Like a Back Road” all started with a phrase. [“You know, I try to think of titles or lines that’ll cross my mind and I’ll put ‘em in my phone, and this was one that I wanted to write for a while – the title ‘Body Like a Back Road’ – or use it as a lyric, do something with it. I didn’t have a melody, but one night this melody got stuck in my head and the phrase ‘Body Like a Back Road’ sang perfectly to it and I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out. I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying women or be too, to lack depth and just, I don’t know. So, anyway, I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening. When we finally finished it, it finally hit me as ‘Ok. Wait a minute. Maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks.’ So, at that point, I was excited to put it out and fortunately folks have enjoyed it.”] SOUNDCUE (:48 OC: . . . have enjoyed it.)

The 51st Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Area on Wednesday (November 8th) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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