ACM Awards 2016: Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton open the show
Sure, for the most part the ACM Awards are a fairly serious affair, given that this is one of the biggest awards ceremonies out there for country music. However, there’s also a little bit of humor that you get here and there along the way. We had a few seconds of that at the beginning of tonight’s show on CBS … though it led quickly into a performance of “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Everyday.”
Luke Bryan led off the performance of the song, though he was joined not long after that by his co-host in Dierks Bentley. Blake Shelton, who has certainly hosted many an awards show in his day, also came out and collaborated on what clearly an entertaining start to the show. Honestly, though, we were expecting a little bit more than we got here in terms of humor or pop culture at the start of the show.
Instead, the Bryan performance led almost directly into Blake performing “Came Here to Forget,” which is his brand-new single. The irony here is that this super-public performance of this song, which you could say is inspired by his real-life romantic situation, comes one day after Gwen Stefani performed some of her own new music (presumably in part about Blake) on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
In the end, the ACM Awards chose to mostly load up on star power to start the show, and if you’re a country music fan, you probably don’t mind the music being the focus more so than anything else.
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