Plenty of country stars -- and some non-country stars -- have hosted the ACM Awards throughout its more than 50 years. Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette both co-hosted (separately) a couple times in the late 1970s and early '80s, while Clint Black and George Strait each played co-host in the late '80s and early '90s as well; even Jeff Foxworthy and Dick Clark took a turn as ACM Awards hosts!

Really, though, four country names are synonymous with the ACM Awards: Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and, beginning in 2016, Dierks Bentley. After co-hosting with various other stars four times in the late '80s and early '90s, McEntire hosted the show solo every year from 1999 through 2010. Then, in 2011 and 2012, Shelton signed on as her co-host.

Following McEntire's departure after the 2012 ACM Awards, Bryan joined Shelton to co-host the awards ceremony in 2013, 2014 and 2015. And when Shelton hung up his co-hosting hat, Bentley stepped in to co-host with Bryan, beginning in 2016.

"... I’m always looking for a new challenge, and that opportunity came up, and it was like, ‘Yeah, that’s something that makes me feel pretty uncomfortable, so I should do it!'" Bentley explains. "I’m always looking for those things that make me feel a little uneasy."

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