52nd ACM Awards scoop: A rock and roll surprise, plus Luke Bryan’s beef with Backstreet Boys

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If you want to kick off country music’s big weekend in Las Vegas, what better way to do it than by rolling out a couple of giant, inflatable dice? That’s exactly what ACM co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley did Friday, as well as spilling a few new details about Sunday’s 52nd annual show.

Luke revealed the ACMs will definitely rock.  “Dierks and I are teaming up with a rock icon to honor a rock icon,” he offered, “and that’s all I’m going to say about that!”

The man who just hit #1 with “Fast” is also promising the night will get off to a spectacular start.

“I think Sam Hunt‘s up in the top of the show,” Luke volunteered, “and the intro, the first six, seven minutes of it, is gonna be a lot of neat, special things happening.”

The soon-to-be five-time ACM host admitted there is a little something about this year that’s bugging him.  “Everybody wants to talk about the Backstreet Boys!” Luke complained.

“Luke cannot stop talking about them,” his co-host Dierks Bentley clarified, going on to explain the Backstreet Boys may cut in on Luke’s legendary booty-shaking action with some of their signature moves.

But Luke and Dierks do have a plan to counter the outrageously popular boy band from the nineties.

“We have a man band!” Luke joked.

“We’re called the Backroad Boys… ” Dierks added, continuing the joke.

“Backroad’s back, all right!” Luke sang, imitating Backstreet’s hit, as Dierks laughed.

“Backroad’s back — not right!” Luke corrected.

You can catch the Backstreet Boys, Luke and Dierks’ rock-and-roll surprise, and a whole lot more, as the 52nd ACMs air Sunday on CBS, live from T-Mobile Arena in Sin City.

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