Dierks Bentley replaces Blake Shelton as Luke Bryan's ACM cohost

Dierks Bentley discusses his career, what he does with his downtime, his big summer tour and playing pranks.  He also performs our featured song.


Luke Bryan will return for the fourth time to co-host next year's Academy of Country Music Awards, alongside Dierks Bentley, who will be co-hosting for the first time.

Bentley replaces former co-host Blake Shelton. Bryan, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

The show will be broadcast live April 3 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

"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," Bryan said in a statement. "We have a lot of fun together and I know the fans will be in for something special."

Last year, Bryan and Blake Shelton were co-hosts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.