Luke Bryan “Ramped Up” to Co-Host ACMs

When the Academy of Country Music fires up its annual awards show on Sunday night in Las Vegas, it’ll do so with two of country’s hottest male stars in the driver’s seat: hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. For Blake, the live telecast marks his third as co-host, after two years emceeing alongside Reba McEntire. Luke, however, will be making his live-hosting debut.

“I’ll be pretty ramped up for it. But that’s show business. I think the day you’re nonchalant and casual, you got to get out,” he tells Country Weekly. “There’s that fine line between positive anxiety and negative anxiety and I’ve only dealt with negative anxiety once or twice in my life. I’ve been blessed to make the positive anxiety come out really fun. And that’s what you have to do with this show.”

Plus, Luke says he feels he has the ideal tag-team partner in Blake. “I think I’m up there with the perfect person. When you have Blake up there, there’s no way to make a mistake. He’s a master at making the audience have fun and be comfortable. It’s up to me to complement that.”

Some of Luke’s jokes may even make it into the final script.

“I have some funny gags in my brain that I’m going to call in to the writers and get that going,” he says with a smile. “It should be pretty funny.”

The ACMs air Sunday night, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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