By Hayden Wright

The Academy of Country Music Awards kicked off at T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a rollicking performance of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” by hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan with the Eagles’ Joe Walsh (which followed a quick medley by this year’s Entertainer of the Year nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban).

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After that, things took a debauched turn. In their opening bit, the hosts recalled their whirlwind few days in Las Vegas: Luke and Dierks went fishing in the Bellagio fountain, grabbed drinks with David Copperfield (he sawed Luke in half) and stopped by Cirque de Soleil.

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