BREAKING: Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen To Co-Host 2022 ACM Awards with Dolly Parton

Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen will join Dolly Parton as co-hosts of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs),…


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February 7, 2022


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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Getty Images for CMT, Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Jimmie Allen; Photo by CBS, ACM Awards

Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen will join Dolly Parton as co-hosts of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), reports. 

“The Academy has a long history of highlighting the biggest stars in Country Music alongside today’s rising stars, and this year that will spotlight even further,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, shared in a statement. 


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Barrett and Allen are the ACM New Female Artist of the Year and ACM New Male Artist of the Year, respectively. Whiteside said the ACM is excited to pair “two of today’s most exciting new artists in the genre with one of the world’s most beloved music icons” for the upcoming show. 

Barrett and Allen will also reveal a select number of ACM Awards nominations on Thursday (Feb. 10) at 10:30 a.m. EST via @ACMAwards on Twitter. 

Last week, the Academy of Country Music announced that Parton will host the 2022 ACM Awards as the show streams live from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, on March 7.


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“I am so excited to be hosting the ACM Awards on March 7 from Vegas. Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” Parton previously shared. 

Previous ACM hosts include Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton, Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn and more.

Parton previously hosted the Academy Of Country Music Awards in May 2000 during their 35th annual awards show.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

For the first time ever, the show will stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, rather than on CBS. This marks the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.