Luke Bryan Chosen To Co-Host ACM Awards With Blake Shelton
By: Matt Bjorke
Fresh On The Heels of a big 2012, Luke Bryan has been tapped to join fellow star Blake Shelton as the co-hosts for the 2013 ACM Awards. The "God Gave Me You" singer and winning mentor of "The Voice"'s past two seasons revealed the news today after an ACM Twitter Campaign to "unlock" the name of Shelton's new co-host.
The Academy also says in a Tuesday news release that this year's show will be held April 7 and that Brad Paisley will host the ACM Fan Jam, a satellite event held simultaneously with the awards show that has been previously hosted by acts like the Zac Brown Band.
Bryan replaces Reba McEntire. She served as host for more than a decade before stepping aside to concentrate on her new sitcom "Malibu Country." This is the first ever hosting spot for Luke Bryan, who is working on the follow-up to the nearly Double Platinum Tailgates & Tanlines album which spawned the Top 5 Double Platinum hit singles "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," "I Don't Want This Night To End" and "Drunk On You." The latter pair of songs were the third and fourth #1 hits of Luke's career and were followed by Gold-selling #1 hit "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," a song which is the likely final single from Tailgates. Look for his follow-up album and single to be announced sometime around the award show hosting gig.