Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan Open the 2013 ACM Awards

Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan Open the 2013 ACM Awards

Kicking off one of country music”s biggest nights, co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton hit the stage to perform an opening number at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards in MGM Grand”s Garden Arena in Las Vegas this evening (April 7).

Also joining Luke and the “Voice” judge under the spotlight were Blake”s wife Miranda Lambert, “Water” singer Brad Paisley and “if It Makes You Happy” crooner Sheryl Crow.

As for the rest of the show, there is stiff competition this time around as Entertainer of the Year nominees include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift.

Meanwhile, Jason Aldean, Bryan, Eric Church, Toby Keith, and Shelton will all duke it out for Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Female Vocal champ hopefuls are Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Swift, and Carrie Underwood.