ACMs' Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan Praised As Hosts At Academy of Country Music Awards

Country-music fans took to Twitter to praised Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan for hosting the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards show Sunday.

Viewers were cautioned in advance by the Associated Press via Access Hollywood to expect the unexpected from the hosting duo that dubbed themselves “Bluke.”

During an interview, Shelton warned Bryan to stay away from jokes about beloved pop star Taylor Swift. “I would tell him to be prepared for the onslaught of hatred that will come from Taylor Swift’s fan base if you say any sort of a joke or if she’s any part of a punch line in the monologue,” Shelton said after being asked what advice he’d give Bryan. “By the way, you’re getting all those jokes this year.”

With the MGM Grand in Las Vegas its venue, the 48th annual ACM Awards show began at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS. To the delight of fans, “Bluke” lived up to the hype of being fantastic hosts. And some of them tweeted about “Bluke”:

Many of the top names in country music are appearing at the awards show to perform, ranging from classic country singers to modern-day breakout stars.

Many fans are looking forward to George Strait and Garth Brooks performing together, since it’ll be the first time they have done it, but viewers can also expect to see performances by Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift. Even “Bluke” will help round out the diverse night of performances.

“Having George and Garth on stage together at one time on an awards show will become one of the most important pieces of tape in country music history,” AP quoted Dierks Bentley as saying.

Eric Church has the most nominations with seven, while Hunter Hayes has six.

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