Blake Shelton can't take credit for the smart pairing of he and Luke Bryan as co-hosts of this Sunday's ACM Awards. As soon as Reba announced she was unable to continue as the broadcast's hostess, the "Boys 'Round Here" singer just assumed they'd hire another female artist to take her place.

"But they came to me and asked what I thought about Luke as a co-host," he tells The Boot. "I love Luke, so I instantly said, 'That's the guy we've gotta get!' And he's kinda girly, so it works."

The ACM producers wanted Blake to try to convince Luke to accept the job, but he wasn't quick enough to the draw. "He accepted it before I had a chance to (call him), because he texted me saying, 'Man, I'm pumped about co-hosting with you.'"

Now the guys just need to convince CBS to be on a ten-second delay Sunday night... or at least have a a bleep function. "They not only need a beep, they need a long beep," laughs Blake.

The night's co-hosts will also perform on the broadcast, as will Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jana Kramer, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw.

The 2013 ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas this Sunday, April 7, at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.



Watch Blake Shelton Talk About Hosting the ACMs

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