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Bryan to join Shelton to host music awards

Replaces Reba McEntire at year’s Academy of Country Music Awards

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  • Published: 10:21 January 9, 2013
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  • FILE - This April 1, 2012 file photo shows country singer Luke Bryan at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. The Academy announced Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, this year’s show will be held April 7. Bryan replaces Reba McEntire, who served as host for more than a decade before stepping aside to concentrate on her new sit-com “Malibu Country.” (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, file)

Nashville, Tennessee: Luke Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Academy also said in a Tuesday news release that this year’s show will be held April 7 and Brad Paisley will host the ACM Fan Jam, a satellite event held simultaneously with the awards show.

Bryan replaces Reba McEntire. She served as host for more than a decade before stepping aside to concentrate on her new sitcom “Malibu Country.”

Shelton is also a star on “The Voice” and began sharing hosting duties with McEntire two years ago. This will be Bryan’s first gig hosting a live event.

The 48th annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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