Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini Team Up For ‘Big Dreams and Faded Jeans’ Performance at ACM Awards

Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM1
Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM1
Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM1

Dolly Parton took a short break from her ACM Awards co-hosting duties for the live performance debut of “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans.” 

Joined by fellow East Tennessee native Kelsea Ballerini, the country icon took to the ACM Awards stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, to deliver a show-stopping performance of the new tune.

Solely penned by Parton, “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans” is a track that appears on Parton’s just-released album, Run, Rose Run, a project that coincides with her novel of the same name.

“So many people come to Nashville with their sack of songs,” Parton shared of the track. “Whether they’re running from anything or not, they’re running towards a future. That’s what ‘Big Dreams and Faded Jeans’ is all about. I am so pleased to finally share the first song from this exciting new album with all of you!”

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Monday, March 7, exclusively on Prime Video at 8/7c. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Co-hosted by Parton with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the two-hour show livestreamed without commercials and featured 20+ performances from some of country music’s hottest superstars and rising newcomers. 

The performance lineup included Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson, who were crowned this year’s New Male and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively as well as Barrett, Allen, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Lady A and Kelly Clarkson.

Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM

“The concert event of the year” also included several collaborations, BRELAND featuring Thomas Rhett (“Praise The Lord”), Jordan Davis (“Buy Dirt,” feat. Luke Bryan), Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”), Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden (“Just the Way”), Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl”), and Chris Young featuring Mitchell Tenpenny (“At the End of a Bar”).

The 2022 ACM Awards presenters included Alan Ritchson (actor, Reacher), Derek Carr (quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders), Guy Torry (comedian, Phat Tuesdays), James Patterson (author, Run Rose Run), Jason Aldean, Kelsey Asbille (actor, Yellowstone), Luke Grimes (actor, Yellowstone), Mickey Guyton, and Tom Pelphrey (actor, Outer Range).

The ACM Awards made history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively as it streamed live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.