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A pair of country stars pop in for big Strip shows

Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton bring their hits to the Strip this weekend.
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Two of the biggest names in country music visit Las Vegas this weekend—Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton—bringing enough party hits and firepower to own the Strip.

Singer, songwriter, star of NBC’s The Voice and Gwen Stefani boyfriend Shelton brings his Doing It to Country Songs tour to MGM Grand Saturday night. The tour follows last year’s release of Shelton’s 10th studio album, If I’m Honest, and the show follows this week’s debut of season 12 of The Voice. The TV gig has only enhanced the seven-time Grammy nominee’s already massive audience.

Bentley, who grew up in Arizona and moved to Nashville at age 19, put himself on the map with “What Was I Thinkin’?” from his eponymous 2003 debut album and hasn’t let up over the past decade, notching 15 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Last year’s eighth studio album, Black, includes the certified gold smash “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King, the singer with whom he walked the Grammy red carpet this year. Bentley’s Cosmo shows are something of a Vegas warm-up for the veteran performer, who will return to the Strip in April to co-host the annual ACM Awards (with Luke Bryan), taking place for the first time at T-Mobile Arena.

Dierks Bentley (with Cole Swindell) at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, March 3 and 4. Blake Shelton (with RaeLynn) at MGM Grand Garden Arena, March 4.

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