The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times) and all-around funnyman Blake Shelton will join forces with country music superstar Reba to host the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
"This is an incredibly special moment for me," said Shelton. "I am humbled that Reba invited me to co-host the ACM Awards with her. She is not only a mentor to me but a true friend. She continually supports other artists, which is a testament really to her beauty and talent" Shelton adds with a laugh. "You will definitely have to tune-in and check it out. With the two of us together on live TV, you never know what we might say!"
Reba has won 12 Academy of Country Music Awards including winning Top Female Vocalist seven times and being awarded the first-ever annual Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award for her outstanding philanthropic work. This marks Blake Shelton's debut as an award show host as he becomes the 50th host since the inception of the ACM Awards. Shelton has been nominated for three ACM Awards and won his first ACM award last year for Vocal Event of the Year for his No. 1 hit single "Hillbilly Bone" which features longtime friend Trace Adkins.
“Last year Reba and Blake read our nominations and they were just magic together, incredibly funny,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy. “When Reba suggested inviting Blake to join her, the Academy could not have been more pleased – we know the viewers will be blown away by their comic chemistry.”
“Blake has an outstanding stage presence and is a great fit with Reba. They did a terrific job last year during our nominations and it’s a natural progression for them to host the upcoming 46th annual ACM Awards,” said Orly Adelson, President of dick clark productions and Executive Producer of the Awards.