Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini Prepare To Share the Stage for Special Duet at ACM Awards

Country music icon Dolly Parton is gearing up for her big night as co-host at the 57th Academy Of Country…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 1, 2022


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Country music icon Dolly Parton is gearing up for her big night as co-host at the 57th Academy Of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards) on Monday, March 7. Not only will Parton be co-hosting the coveted awards ceremony alongside Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen, but the country icon will also take to the stage for a special performance with Kelsea Ballerini.

On Tuesday (Mar. 1), Ballerini took to Instagram to share a selfie from the 2022 ACM Awards rehearsals alongside Parton. The photo features Ballerini and Parton posing cheek to cheek with big smiles on their faces.

“Just a couple of east Tennessee girls getting ready to sing together at the @acmawards 👯‍♀️😍🤠👑😭✨,” Ballerini captioned the photo.


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Parton, 76, and Ballerini, 28, are set to take the stage at the 2022 ACM Awards to perform “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,” a track from Parton’s upcoming album, Run, Rose, Run, out on March 4 via Butterfly Records in partnership with Ingrooves/UMG. 

“So honored, 🤍👑” Ballerini previously shared of the opportunity to perform with Parton.

Co-produced by Parton alongside Richard Dennison and Tom Rutledge, the 12-track album will accompany her original novel of the same name. Co-written by Parton and James Patterson, the novel hit shelves on March 7 and tells the story of a young woman who relocates to Nashville to pursue her musical dreams.


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Also during the 2022 ACM Awards, Parton will be honored by superstar Kelly Clarkson, who will perform a tribute to the “9 to 5” singer.

Previously announced performers also include co-hosts Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen, Jason Aldean, Breakthrough Artist for Amazon Music, BRELAND (“Praise The Lord”), Kane Brown (“Leave You Alone”), Luke Bryan (“Up”), Eric Church, Jordan Davis (“Buy Dirt,” feat Luke Bryan), Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden (“Just The Way”), Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl”), Thomas Rhett, Brittney Spencer, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young (“Raised on Country”) featuring Mitchell Tenpenny (“At the End of a Bar”).


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The two-hour show, featuring more than 20 performances, will stream live without commercial interruption from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards streams live on Prime Video, Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST.

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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.