Bentley joins Bryan as ACM co-host
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
– Dierks Bentley will co-host the Academy of Country Music awards in April 2016 with Luke Bryan, it was announced today.
Bentley replaces Blake Shelton, who is bowing out.
"Excited to let y'all know that my buddy @DierksBentley will be co-hosting the 51st @ACMawards with me," said Bryan in a Tweet today.
The two posted a jocular video on YouTube about hosting the awards.
The awards show will be held April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas.
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