Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley to host 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Superstars Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will co-host the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year, returning to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast LIVE on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The show, produced by dick clark productions, will mark reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan’s fourth consecutive turn hosting the Awards, and Bentley’s first time hosting a live televised event.

“When we found ourselves searching for a new co-host I didn’t have to look much further than my own circle of friends so Dierks was a natural choice,” said Bryan. “We have a lot of fun together and I know the fans will be in for something special.”

“I think everyone knows Luke is the guy you call when you want to have a good time,” said Bentley. “If we have half as much fun hosting together as we do backstage, it’s going to be a great night.”

Bryan and Bentley shared the news this morning on social media:

Luke Bryan

Dierks Bentley

As previously announced, the Academy will host the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival featuring headliners Carrie Underwood on Friday, April 1st, Dierks Bentley on Saturday, April 2nd and Kenny Chesney on Sunday, April 3rd at the new Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Additional performer announcements will be made soon and fans can go to for more information. The Academy will announce its full schedule of The Week Vegas Goes Country events soon.

The 2015 milestone 50th ACM Awards telecast on April 19th and ACM Presents: Superstar Duets on May 15th together reached nearly 21 million viewers, combined. The Awards telecast on April 19th delivered the largest audience since 1998, according to Nielsen, reaching nearly 16 million viewers, its largest audience since 1998. Also, the 50th ACM Awards ranked as the most social broadcast of April 19th, according to Nielsen Social.

Tickets for the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will go on-sale to the general public at 10 AM (PT) Friday, December 18th at

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