Get To Know Your ACM Hosts
The boys are back in town! It’s official: Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will once again be co-hosting the ACM Awards!
The two are no strangers to the ACM Awards stage. This year will mark Luke’s fifth—and Dierks’ second—time co-hosting Country Music’s Party of the Year. However, the duo will be facing one new element: for the first time ever, the show will be taking place at the brand-new T-Mobile Arena! See the fun play out when the 52nd ACM Awards airs live Sunday, April 2, at 8/7c on CBS.
Now, clearly we all know that this dynamic duo will do an awesome job hosting…but how well do you really know Luke and Dierks? Let’s find out!
Did you know that Luke…
1.) Could hum ‘Rock of Ages’ before he could talk? – Luke’s mom would often hum ‘Rock of Ages’ to calm him down as a baby. As a result, Luke could hum the song before he could even speak. It looks like Luke was destined to be a singer from the very start.
2.) Has his name on the welcome sign for his hometown? – Luke’s hometown of Leesburg, Georgia, is a small town by most standards with a population of just around 3,000. However, the town has more than enough pride for their country superstar. Luke’s name is on a welcome sign leading into Leesburg, along with the names of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, who also hail from Luke’s hometown.
3.) Married his college sweetheart, Caroline Boyer? – Luke told Good Housekeeping, “It was love at first sight with Caroline – those blue eyes of hers. I knew that, no matter what, I was going to make my way over to her.” Luke and Caroline have two kids together, Tate and Bo, and even have each other’s initials tattooed on their ring fingers!
4.) Was almost fired by his dad? – Luke was all set to leave his hometown when he was 19, but his older brother Chris was tragically killed in a car accident before he left. Wanting to stick close to his family, Luke attended Georgia Southern University and worked at his family’s peanut business. But Luke’s father knew he had tremendous potential and wanted Luke to follow his musical dreams. So he gave Luke a choice: either move to Nashville to work on his music or get fired.
5.) Has specific rules when it comes to his fans and his derriere? – Luke is no stranger to shaking it onstage, but over the years his dance moves have encouraged more than a few grabby fans. After having his butt grabbed one too many times, Luke was forced to implement a no-touching rule when it comes to his behind. Hear more of his butt-touching stories here.
Did you know that Dierks…
1.) Goes by his middle name? – His first name is Frederick. Dierks was a middle name given to him in honor of his great grandmother’s maiden name.
2.) Doesn’t only get “Drunk On A Plane”? – Dierks actually has his pilot’s license and even owns his own plane. He bought the custom Cirrus SR22T Xi plane back in 2012! Dierks told Glamour, “Flying is my main passion for sure.” You can watch him fly high here.
3.) Married his high-school sweetheart? – Dierks met his wife, Cassidy Black, in eighth grade in Phoenix, Arizona. They dated in high school and continued to date sporadically throughout the years before going their separate ways due to long-distance. But all of that changed in 2005 when Cassidy went to see Dierks’ show in Las Vegas, after which the couple reunited. Ten months later, Dierks surprised Cassidy with a proposal and the very next day the couple eloped in Mexico. They now have three adorable children together: Knox, Evie and Jordan.
4.) Worked in television before music? – When he was 19, Dierks started working at Nashville Network, now SpikeTV. He was responsible for doing research on classic country music by looking through old videos of country music performances. He soaked those videos up like a sponge and used that inspiration to begin working on his demos at night. Capitol Records eventually signed him, and his self-titled debut album, Dierks Bentley, was released in 2003.
5.) Is a self-taught musician? – Dierks grew up in a non-musical family and gave himself his own musical- education. Growing up, he spent time listening to countless records and did his own research on country greats like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. At the young age of 13, he taught himself how to play the guitar and six short years later he moved to Nashville follow his music dreams. The rest, as they say, is history!