Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return in 2014 to co-host the ACM Awards for the second time, it has been revealed. The two stars (dubbed BLUKE) first co-hosted the ACM event this past spring. There is no official date posted yet for the event in 2014.
Country music fans, superstar Music City talent and industry elite turned out in force on September 10th for the 7th Annual Honors, which was a sold-out event hosted by Dierks Bentley for the second time in Nashville. Now it’s time for the awards.
Last year wasn’t the first time Shelton has served as co-host of the award show, either. In 2011 and 2012, Shelton joined Reba McEntire on the stage for the evening.
Bryan, however, took the ACM stage as co-host for the first time this year. The evening turned out to be a memorable one for him for other reasons, too, as he also won the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.
As he took the stage to accept the trophy, he worked hard to hold back tears. But at the same time, he was genuinely thrilled, grinning from ear to ear.
“I don’t know what to say,” he finally admitted. “Thank you guys so much, fans, for doing this to me. For making my life what it is. What I always wanted to be was just a country singer who got to ride on a tour bus and show up on a stage and play music every night.”
He added: “I swear to God, every time I step on stage it is a blessing to play for fans. [...] Thank you, country radio. This is the defining moment of my life and I will never take it for granted. Thank you for letting me host, too.”