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Dierks Bentley has come a long way since he won the ACM’s Top New Artist award YouTube

A lot of fans take for granted that certain artists will always win awards. We see a name like Luke Bryan or Garth Brooks in the nominations, and we just assume they’ll take home the award.

Truth is, wins are much harder to come by.

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Case in point — Dierks Bentley is a bonafide superstar. Yet even with as much experience as he has, he’s only won two of the 14 ACM awards he has been nominated for so far, and one of those was in 2003 when he was named ACM’s Top New Artist.

While his house may not be littered with ACM trophies, it’s clear the Academy of Country Music loves him. The 51st annual ACM Awards promise to be special for Dierks not only because his hat is in the ring for two big awards (Top Male Vocalist and Video of the Year), but also because they asked him to take over for Blake Shelton and help Luke Bryan co-host the show.

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Even though Blake has some big shoes to fill, Dierks has just the right charisma and sense of humor to make him a perfect fit.

Plus, he’s been dreaming about hosting the ACM’s for a long time.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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