Here’s How Gabby Barrett Will Make History at the 2022 ACM Awards

Gabby Barrett; Photo by Jon Morgan, CBS
Gabby Barrett; Photo by Jon Morgan, CBS
Gabby Barrett; Photo by Jon Morgan, CBS

Gabby Barrett will make history at this year’s Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards as the show’s youngest co-host.

The 57th ACM Awards will air on March 7, two days after Barrett turns 22, according to Billboard. Barrett has dethroned Wynonna Judd, who previously held the record as the ACM’s youngest host in April 1987 when she was 22 years and 10 months old. 

Barrett is set to share co-hosting duties for this year’s ACM Awards with Jimmie Allen, while Dolly Parton will serve as the show’s host. Parton, 76, will also make history as one of the oldest people to host an award show.

Barrett shared the news that she’d be co-hosting this year’s ACM Awards with fans in an Instagram post.

“So excited to announce that @jimmieallen and I will be joining @dollyparton to co-host the @acmawards!” Barrett wrote. “Livestreaming exclusively on @primevideo [music note emoji] Monday March 7th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. #ACMawards see you there. [white heart emoji]”

In addition to sharing co-hosting duties, Barrett joined Allen to announce this year’s nominees. Barrett received one nomination for Female Artist of the Year.

“I’m so honored to be nominated for female artist of the year,” Barrett said in reaction to her nomination. “Can’t believe it! Y’all tune in to the @acmawards March 7 on @primevideo [sparkle emoji, pink heart emoji] #ACMAwards”

Barrett, who is the reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year, is up against Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, and Carly Pearce for this year’s award. 

In addition to her 2021 win for Female Artist of the Year, Barrett was also nominated for Single of the Year with her song, “I Hope,” but ultimately lost to Maren Morris.

Barrett also performed her song, “The Good Ones,” dedicated to her husband, Cade Foehner, from Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café.

Barrett will join Jason Aldean on the road this summer as part of his Rock ‘N Roll Cowboy Tour.

Barrett’s latest single at country radio is “Pick Me Up,” a song that appears on the deluxe edition of her debut album, Goldmine.

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