Gabby Barrett Will Reprise a Fan-Favorite Performance from ‘American Idol’ at the ACM Awards

The ACM Awards co-host will perform covers of Faith Hill and Lee Ann Womack.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 6, 2022


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Country hitmaker Gabby Barrett is preparing for a fun-filled ACM Awards! 

The 2021 ACM New Female Artist Of The Year winner, and co-host of this year’s festivities, revealed all the details of her upcoming performances on the coveted awards show.

“I will get to perform twice, which is really fun. Doing an opening number with Jimmie Allen, he will be doing ‘Viva Las Vegas,’ and I will be doing Faith Hill’s ‘hey baby, let’s go to Vegas.’ [I’m] very excited about that I love anything Faith Hill. So I think that’s going to be a really cool mashup. Then, I will be doing a solo performance of ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack.”

Barrett will perform Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” a reprise of her standout performance of the GRAMMY-winning track on Season 16 of American Idol in 2018.


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Click HERE to see how Gabby Barrett will make history at the 2022 ACM Awards. 

When asked about Allegiant Stadium, Barrett admits she was “blown away” by how “beautiful” and how big the venue hosting the event is. 

“I don’t want to know the full amount of capacity that will be in here,” Barrett added with a laugh. “I’m very excited.”

Barrett, who will co-host alongside global icon Dolly Parton and 2021 ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen, also opened up about the chance to meet and co-host alongside Parton, admitting the thought of it is “insane.” 

“I honestly don’t feel like my life has been real the past couple years, especially, even now,” she shared. “I haven’t met Dolly yet in person, and it’s crunch time, so I will get to meet her tomorrow, and we will be busy with rehearsals the next couple of days. I think it will go good!”

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

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

The performance lineup includes Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson, who have been 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. 


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“The concert event of the year” will also include several collaborations, including Parton featuring Kelsea Ballerini (“Big Dreams & Faded Jeans”), 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”).

Click HERE for a step-by-step guide detailing how to watch the ACM Awards. 

The 2022 ACM Awards presenters include 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 will make history as this marks the first major awards show to livestream exclusively as it will stream live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

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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.