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

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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.

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