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Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton Return As ACM Awards Co-Hosts

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Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton had so much fun hosting the ACM Awards last year, the fellow Oklahoma residents have announced that they will return for an encore performance as co-hosts for the 47th annual awards show, which will be held on April 1, 2012.

Last year was the first time the ‘God Gave Me You‘ singer shared hosting duties with Reba, who previously hosted the Academy of Country Music’s big night solo for 12 years, prior to having Blake join her in he spotlight. But their on-stage chemistry earned raves from another veteran host — four-time CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley, (who splits the duties with Carrie Underwood).

“I thought he was awesome, and I think he’s probably got a permanent gig,” Brad told The Boot about Blake’s performance last year. “I was floored and so proud of [both Blake and Reba]. Together they made a great team, and all of their jokes landed. He’s a natural. I was really proud.”

Blake and Reba are just a few of the celebrities who will descend upon Sin City during for this year’s event. Lionel Richie will host ‘ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends — A Lifetime of Hits,’ on April 2, which is the annual TV special taped the day after the ACM Awards that will air on CBS at a later date. Lionel will be joined by Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and several other artists for the star-studded special.

The Zac Brown Band will also act as hosts during the ACM Awards. The ‘Keep Me In Mind’ group will host the second annual Fan Jam, which is held during the ACM Awards broadcast, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and will include performances from both the Zac Brown Band and several other artists who will be announced at a later date.

Nominees for the 47th Annual ACM Awards will be announced in February. The show will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Blake will have to juggle his packed schedule to find time to rehearse for the show. The husband of Miranda Lambert will return for a second year to serve as a judge, along with Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, on NBC’s hit show, ‘The Voice,’ which begins on Sunday, February 5. He also kicks off his Well Lit & Amplified tour on Thursday, January 12, in Toledo, Ohio, with Justin Moore and ‘The Voice’ finalist Dia Frampton serving as opening acts. See his concert schedule here.

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