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Bryan, Bentley Open 2016 ACM Awards With Good-Natured Monologue

Luke Bryan Dierks Bentley 2016 ACM Awards monologue
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Dierks Bentley certified a few weeks ago that co-hosting a 2016 ACM Awards with Luke Bryan was going to be a “challenge” and something that done him “a small uneasy.” At a start of a show, a dual group played adult those nerves.

A backstage powow between Bentley and Bryan found a former miscalling a latter’s song, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.” And after Bryan welcomed Bentley to a stage, prior co-host Blake Shelton instead stole a microphone out of a new co-host’s palm and assimilated a in-progress performance of a Bryan tune.

Shelton after gave his blessing to a new duo, however, introducing and wishing them good as they started their tangible monologue.

“He’s all yours now,” he pronounced to Bentley, while to Bryan, he pronounced affectionately, “You’re a dumba–.”

Bryan, who was imprinting his fourth time as a co-host, was clearly carrying a good time returning as emcee. He nodded enthusiastically as Bentley said, “Bluke is over — from now on, it’s Lierks: Luke and Dierks,” and also kindly ribbed his new partner.

“When we got with a people during CBS, we told them we wanted a attractive blonde with good hair,” Bryan said, and in a subsequent exhale added, “I was anticipating for Carrie Underwood.” Bentley stood his ground, observant that when he pronounced that he wanted someone with “white teeth and unequivocally parsimonious pants, we was anticipating for Kelsea Ballerini.”

Indeed, although Bryan previously joked he was going “to assume a purpose of shortcoming and lift Dierks by this thing,” Bentley got in his possess good lines. Of Tim McGraw, who was speckled backstage, he quipped, “He has a heading on his guns. He named them ‘humble’ and ‘kind,’” and kissed his possess biceps as he pronounced any moniker.

However, a bulk of a digression leaned heavily on personification adult Chris Stapleton‘s duration career rise, and joking about how everybody in Nashville was perplexing to take credit for his success.

A array of artists who’ve cut his songs — including Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Charles Kelley (whose participation caused Bryan to quip, “Now we’re removing heckled by a high man from Lady Antebellum“) — stood adult in a assembly and claimed credit for finding Stapleton first. Rhett amusingly thanked Stapleton for his financial boost.

Underwood brought a many sass, however, and showed adult a group by holding adult a bedazzled Stapleton shirt (with a same pattern of a tee that Miranda Lambert wore during a 2015 CMAs) and claimed that she bought it in 1978: “I’ve fundamentally been a walking billboard for him for, like, ever.”

When Bryan pointed out that Stapleton was innate in 1978, she was undeterred, saying, “Exactly. You’re welcome, Chris. Boom.”

As Stapleton looked on with a somewhat broke look, Bryan afterwards asked, “Is there anybody out there that wants to take credit for Chris Stapleton’s career?” that caused a whole locus to arise for a station ovation.

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