Dierks Bentley Already Making Plans for ACM Awards

New Co-Host Plans to Keep Things Loose in Vegas

Dierks Bentley has some big shoes to fill as he takes over hosting duties for Blake Shelton at this year’s ACM Awards, but he’s already preparing for the show in April.

“I’ve got a couple of ideas that I’ve been putting down in my phone, and we’re getting ready to do some promo stuff here pretty soon, so we’ll start getting together on that,” Bentley said during a recent interview.

But Bentley and his co-host Luke Bryan aren’t left alone to write the show.

“There are some great writers that write for the ACMs, so we’ll lean on those folks and hopefully contribute some of our own things, as well,” he said. “But I think it just comes down to me having a few drinks and just being loose.”

Just a little something to take the edge off, right?

And let’s not forget this obviously isn’t Bentley’s first time onstage in front of a massive audience. He’s learned a lot from his own concerts.

“I’ve had some shows where I really plan out what I’m going to say,” he says. “Then I’ve had other shows where I’m like, ’Take a sip of the Ole Smoky Moonshine and just let it be natural and cross your fingers that you say the right things.’

“I think it’s kind of a combination of the two, you know?”

One thing’s for sure, though: Bentley and Bryan who won’t take things too seriously.

The 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards is set for April 3 in Las Vegas.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.