The announcement was made when fans “unlocked” Luke Bryan’s name as part of a Twitter campaign by the ACM’s to rack up 25,000 tweets. Reba McEntire has been the female host of the ACM Awards for the last 14 years, co-hosting the event with Blake Shelton for the last two. Just like the superstar hosting duo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the CMA Awards, fans enjoyed Blake and Reba’s authentic chemistry and oddball humor. Reba decided to take this year off to focus on her new sitcom “Malibu Country.”
When it was revealed Reba would no longer be co-hosting and a successor for female co-host had been picked, many surmised it would be Blake Shelton’s superstar wife Miranda Lambert. Yesterday Blake Shelton explained how they came to pick Reba’s replacement.
Those are big shoes to fill and I didn’t want to do this thing by myself. To find somebody equal to that level of stardom, we pretty much gave up. So, we set the bar down a little bit lower. We decided we could find somebody that is just good looking, and we fell short on that goal. So starting over, we set the bar a little bit lower and finally thought, ‘If we can just get somebody that can read.’ This is country music, (so) that’s narrowing the field down.
Apparently Luke Bryan was the right woman for the job.