Luke Bryan And Dierks Bentley ACMs Opening Video: Watch 2016 ACM Awards Monologue!
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley opened the 2016 ACMs on Sunday with a hilarious monologue, during which both tried to take credit for Chris Stapleton’s career, as did many of the other famous singers in the audience. Watch the video below!
Taking the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Bentley and Bryan went around the room to point out all of the celebrities in attendance, including Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, and many more! The hosts then noted that Stapleton was having a hugely successful year, for which co-host Bentley tried to claim responsibility.
However, Jason Aldean stood up from the audience and insisted he was to credit with Stapleton’s fame, as did Charles Kelly from Lady Antebellum. And finally, Carrie Underwood followed and said that she bought a “Chris Stapleton T-shirt” in 1978, so she was the one who helped promote him. The co-hosts, however, pointed out that Stapleton was born in 1978. The two then asked, “Is there anyone here who wants to take credit for Chris Stapleton’s career?” and with that, the entire audience rose to their feet.
Prior to the monologue, Bryan kicked off the show singing his popular track, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” which is an ode to the country lifestyle. He then attempted to introduce his co-host Bentley, but Blake Shelton stole Bentley’s microphone and came out on stage to perform with Bryan instead.
This is Bryan’s fourth year as co-host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. The reigning Entertainer of the Year, he is nominated for the top honor again tonight. He’s also up for Vocal Event of the Year for “Home Alone Tonight” with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.
Bentley scored nods for Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year, though he’s already lost the latter category to the night’s leading nominee, Eric Church. Bentley will be pulling double-duty tonight, though, as he’ll also be on stage as a performer. As co-host, he steps in for Blake Shelton, who previously emceed the last three years with Bryan. Watch the 2016 ACMs opening monologue and performance in the video below!