Once upon a time, the ACM Awards took place on one night in Los Angeles. But over a dozen years ago, the whole production veered east to Las Vegas. Gradually, it grew into a nearly week-long extravaganza of fun. Golf tournaments, poolside concerts, acoustic shows, songwriter rounds, food, fun and, oh yeah, gambling seem to be everywhere and sleep is non-existent.
Still, ACM Awards show co-hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan want to bring that same Vegas vibe to the stage at T-Mobile Arena the night of the ACM Awards.
“You can just feel it in the room that everybody’s excited to be in Vegas,” Luke says. “It’s fun. It’s a big party. I’ve always felt like it, and I’ve always felt like it helps dictate kind of a looseness to the ACMs. It’s fun. It feels like a party and I think it’s up to Dierks and I to create that vibe up onstage, create it for the artists in the room and certainly for the fans in the room and at home.”
The ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas April 2 on CBS.