Men of country dominate lineup at ACM Awards

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Singer Luke Bryan, right, and Caroline Bryan arrive at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blake Shelton and a group of high-profile friends opened the Academy of Country Music Awards with ... a rap?

That's right. Shelton was joined on his new hip-hop-flavored single with redneck swag "Boys 'Round Here" by friends Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and the trio Pistol Annies to kick off Sunday night's show in Las Vegas.

Co-hosts Shelton and Bryan immediately took it off-color as they insulted each other during their monologue, with Shelton taking the brunt of the jokes.

The night's most-anticipated moments were still to come with Garth Brooks and George Strait scheduled to perform together in tribute to Dick Clark and Stevie Wonder set to join Hunter Hayes.