Luke and His Mom to Share Co-Host Duties on GAC

“I was worried that if I won, she might die,” Luke Bryan says of his recent ACM win for Top New Artist and how his mom – already a complete wreck over the possible honor – might react. The charming and funny rising star and his equally charming and funny mom, LeClaire, join host Nan Kelley for a special Mother’s Day edition of Top 20 Countdown, Friday, May 7, 8:00 p.m./Eastern on Great American Country.

“I think I was hyperventilating,” recounts LeClaire of the moments leading up to the announcement that her son had won. “When I heard the ‘L’ come out (of the presenter’s mouth) I fell over into the lap of the man seated next to me, breaking a toenail and scraping my hand!” While Luke tried to maintain his calm, he says the three minutes between his live performance and the presentation of his category was “a real intense three minutes of my life.”

As only a proud mother can, LeClaire shares stories from Luke’s childhood including calls from his elementary school because they’d temporarily lost her son and another one when he’d darted across the street, running directly into the side of a car. Seems a girlfriend had distracted the second grader. She also proudly shows the Mother’s Day card he made for her when he was 7. “I’ll keep it forever.”

With a young son and a second on the way, Luke’s perspective on parenthood has evolved. “The more you father a child, the more you can appreciate mothers. Now that I’m older, I can more clearly see the sacrifices mothers’ make.”

The special Mother’s Day episode of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown will re-air Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday May 9, 12:00 p.m. and Monday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. All times Eastern.

L to R: Host Nan Kelley, Luke Bryan, LeClaire Bryan