Bryan is still going to host the show, but he needed a new co-host since Shelton didn’t sign on for the 2016 awards show.
Enter Dierks Bentley. When Bryan asks him — in this promotional video — Bentley just says, “Beer me.”
Which is country for, “Hell, yes.”
The two will co-host the 51st Acamemy of Country Music Awards on April 3 in Las Vegas. It will be Bryan’s fourth year as host, and Bentley’s first.
“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 press release to follow up the videos he and Bentley shared Tuesday (Dec. 15) on social media. “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,” Bentley added. “If we have half as much fun hosting together as we do backstage, it’s going to be a great night.”