Country music superstars Blake Shelton, who lives in Tishomingo, and Luke Bryan will co-host the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the CBS Television Network announced today.
The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 7 on CBS.
The 2013 show will mark reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Shelton’s third consecutive turn hosting the show.
As previously reported, fellow Sooner State-born and bred superstar Reba McEntire announced in October she was ending her run as host of the Academy of Country Music Awards to focus on her new sitcom “Malibu Country.” The flame-haired songstress stepped aside after a record 14 appearances.
McEntire first hosted the show in 1986. She has hosted the ACM Awards every year since 1999, helping the show to grow its ratings. For the past two years, she and Shelton co-hosted the show.
“I hate it. I mean, I really do, but she’s busy, she’s got her sitcom going now, and I get it. So those are big shoes to fill, and I didn’t want to do this thing by myself,” Shelton said in a video teasing the identity of his new co-host.
“To find somebody equal to that level of stardom, we pretty much gave up. So we set the bar just a little bit lower.”
The cheeky Tishomingo resident goes on in the video to add that the producers weren’t able to find somebody particularly good looking to co-host the show with him and eventually lowered the bar to “finally we thought, ‘Man, if we can just get somebody that can read,’ which this is country music and that’s narrowing the field down.”
Bryan responded with an equally cheeky video accepting the role of Shelton’s co-host and teasing the Ada native about his spending so much time in Los Angeles to film the reality singing contest “The Voice.” Both videos are posted below.
It will be Bryan’s first time co-hosting the ACM Awards.
Brad Paisley will host the third annual ACM Fan Jam taking place at The Orleans Arena on April 7. Throughout the three-hour awards telecast from the MGM Grand, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances via remote by Paisley and other top-tier music acts.
As they have done for the past four years, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions will once again tape an all-star concert television special on the day after the show – Monday, April 8 – at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The special will feature today’s top country acts and more; talent announcements are forthcoming. The special will air at a later date on CBS and ticket proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives.
The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Orly Adelson, R.A. Clark and Allen Shapiro are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.