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Bryan, Bentley out as Awards hosts

February 8, 2018 GMT

Two years into their co-hosting stint at the ACM Awards, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are being replaced. Bentley participated in a question and answer session in Nashville on Monday during Country Radio Seminar where he broke the news. Billboard reports that a photo of Bentley and Bryan from the ACMs flashed on the screen and Bentley said, “That’s over ... We got fired. Is that not common knowledge?” Bentley’s manager has also confirmed the news. The ACM has not yet announced their replacement. Bentley replaced Bryan’s previous co-host, Blake Shelton, in 2016. Shelton co-hosted with Bryan since 2013. The 2018 ACM Awards is set to take place April 15 in Las Vegas.

‘I LIKE BEER’:Jon Pardi’s re-recorded version of “I Like Beer” is the new anthem for Michelob ULTRA’s second ad spot that aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl. The commercial includes actor Chris Pratt, US Open Golf Champion Brooks Koepka, 11-time World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater and 2017 NYC Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan singing the song together. “I Like Beer” is one of two ads kicking off Michelob ULTRA’s “You Can Do Both” campaign, which demonstrate how it’s possible to be fit and still enjoy beer. “I Like Beer” was originally recorded by Tom T. Hall. Pardi sits in the Top 30 and climbing on the country charts with “She Ain’t In It.”

NEW OPRY MEMBER: Chris Janson will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The singer played his first headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Monday night, and it was before the sold-out crowd that Keith Urban surprised Janson with the special invitation. He will be inducted into the Opry later this year. After the shock of the invitation wore off Janson told the crowd, “The Opry is where my heart is. I could probably die if I never got to do anything else.” Janson has performed on the stage of the Opry more than 100 times.

NEXT FOR WILLIE:Willie Nelson’s next acting role will be in a new western called “Paradox.” The film also stars Neil Young, whose girlfriend, Daryl Hannah, serves as director. The movie will premiere next month at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Here is the filmmakers’ movie description: “Time is fluid in this far-fetched, whimsical western tale of music and love. Somewhere in the future past, The Man In the Black Hat hides out between heists at an old stagecoach stop with Jail Time, the Particle Kid, and an odd band of outlaws. Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait ... for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon’s magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly.”

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.