Luke Bryan explains why it’s one big party when country comes to town Academy of Country Music
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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.

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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.”

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The ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas April 2 on CBS.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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