ENCINO, CA (December 15, 2015) – Superstars Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will co-host the 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, returning to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast LIVE on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. The show, produced by dick clark productions, will mark reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan’s fourth consecutive turn hosting the Awards, and Bentley’s first time hosting a LIVE televised event.
“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,” said Bryan. “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,” said Bentley. “If we have half as much fun hosting together as we do backstage, it's going to be a great night."
Bryan and Bentley shared the news Tuesday, Dec. 15 on social media:
Luke Bryan: https://www.facebook.com/lukebryan/videos/10153741105776031
Dierks Bentley: https://www.facebook.com/dierksbentley/videos/10156292719295133/
As previously announced, the Academy will host the 4th ACM Party for a Cause® Festival featuring headliners Carrie Underwood on Friday, April 1st, Dierks Bentley on Saturday, April 2nd and Kenny Chesney on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the new Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Additional performer announcements will be made soon and fans can go to www.ACMPartyForaCause.com for more information. The Academy will announce its full schedule of The Week Vegas Goes Country® events soon.
The 2015 milestone 50th ACM Awards telecast on April 19 and ACM Presents: Superstar Duets on May 15th together reached nearly 21 million viewers, combined. The Awards telecast on April 19th delivered the largest audience since 1998, according to Nielsen, reaching nearly 16 million viewers, its largest audience since 1998. Also, the 50th ACM Awards ranked as the most social broadcast of April 19, according to Nielsen Social.
For event updates, ticket on-sale dates and hotel information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com. Country fans may sign up for the ACM A-List for FREE at www.ACMcountry.com. ACM A-Listers will receive the ticket purchase pre-sale code and information on discounted room rates at MGM Grand, based on availability.
ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Professional Members of the ACM can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Thursday, December 17, 2015 by visiting www.acmcountry.com.
ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET PRE-SALE: ACM A-List Members can purchase tickets in a special pre-sale beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) Thursday, December 17, 2015 by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed to all A-List Members prior to the on-sale date.
GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) Friday, December 18, 2015 at www.ticketmaster.com.
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Media credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas will become available in early February, details to be posted at www.ACMcountry.com.