Dolly Parton to Host Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas

Dolly Parton has been named host of the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will stream live March 7 on Prime Video from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The last and only time Parton hosted the ACM Awards was 22 years ago, in 2000. The country-pop superstar has other country awards hosting credits on his resume, though; she co-hosted the rival Country Music Association Awards in 2019 with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, and managed that solo CMA job once in 1988. As almost unquestionably country music’s most beloved figure, and can -being music in general, Parton is the first, so to speak, to host material.

More details on the March 7 broadcast were announced Thursday morning by the Academy of Country Music, MRC and Prime Video. The show will run for two hours, instead of the three it lasted for most of its long tenure as a major network broadcast event. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be much less action: in its new home on Amazon’s streaming service, it will operate without commercial disruption.

It’s a big week for Parton news. On Wednesday, the singer was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. Also on Wednesday, the South by Southwest film festival announced that she would appear in one of the festival’s most anticipated documentaries, “Still Working 9 to 5″, for which she recorded a new duet version of the song ” 9 to 5″ with Kelly Clarkson.

In previously reported news, Parton will release a new album, “Run, Rose, Run,” on March 4 — three days before the ACMs — and a novel of the same name she co-wrote with James Patterson will arrive on the day. of the prize-giving.

Parton’s hosting news announcement added that additional co-hosts would be revealed in the coming weeks. Nominations for the awards are expected next week.

“We are honored to welcome Dolly Parton back to be the centerpiece of this historic 57th Academy of Country Music Awards show at Allegiant Stadium,” said Academy CEO Damon Whiteside. “Dolly is the most iconic and versatile entertainer of all time, and we are proud that she is a friend and supporter of the Academy, a former host and a 13-time Academy of Country Music Award recipient. There’s no one better than Dolly to represent the ACM Awards brand and country music globally as we go live streaming and show the world that “this is how we country” by delivering the one of the most exhilarating and innovative shows in our history to audiences around the world.

Since Parton spent a year at ACMS in 1980, the role has been filled over the years by Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban either solo or in tandem. Last year’s ACM co-hosts, for the show’s seemingly final year on television, were Urban and Mickey Guyton.

There will be plenty of firsts for this year’s show, and not even limited to the move to Prime Video or a two-hour timeslot. Its home at the new Allegiant Stadium is a first and marks only the second time the ACMs have been held at a stadium, following a one-time detour to AT&T Stadium in Dallas in 2015 for the show’s 50th anniversary. People in the TV and music industries after the Grammys postponement saga will no doubt be watching how the ACM show plays out closely, as it will precede the Grammys in Las Vegas by nearly a month. , although the delayed congratulations from the Recording Academy take place in a smaller venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The ACMs are considered the first major awards show to move to a streaming platform. The show will be seen on Prime Video on March 7 at 8 PM ET/5 PT. Tickets to see the show live at Allegiant Stadium are currently on sale through Ticketmaster.

“Dolly Parton’s status as a beloved and inspirational icon is a testament to her continued impact as an artist, philanthropist and human being,” said Jennifer Salke, Director of Amazon Studios. “Amazon is thrilled to create 360-degree entertainment experiences and fan engagement that continues beyond the credits in what is sure to be the most fan-centric event of the year.”

CBS was previously the longtime home of the ACMs, but last year, after contract renewal negotiations reportedly reached an impasse, the ACMs moved to a deal with Prime Video, and ViacomCBS increased the CMT Awards by ‘a show that normally would bow on the incumbent network to an event that would first be seen live on CBS. The CMTs have just been announced to take place in Nashville on April 11, after being dropped from a previously scheduled air date of April 3. long held. The Academy of Country Music reacted just as aggressively by postponing this year’s show to March instead of its usual April, while expanding, in terms of footprint, with the move to a stadium. .

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards show is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. Not everything is new to the series, as a few longtime cast members are reprising their roles, with RA Clark and Whiteside returning as executive producers.

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