Kelly Clarkson To Tribute Dolly Parton at the 2022 ACM Awards: ‘I Love Her So Much’

Clarkson is no stranger to the ACM Awards stage.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 24, 2022


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Kelly Clarkson; Weiss Eubanks, NBCUniversal, Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Superstar Kelly Clarkson will appear at the 2022 ACM Awards to deliver a special tribute to the one and only Dolly Parton

The two-time ACM Award winner revealed the news during The Kelly Clarkson Show, telling viewers she was “super stoked” for the performance. She also surprised her in-studio audience with tickets to the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, taking place on Monday, March 7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

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“I’m sure Dolly and I will have lots to talk about when she’s a guest on the show in a few weeks. I love her so much,” Clarkson gushed. 

Clarkson is no stranger to the ACM Awards. She is a five-time nominee and previously performed at the ACM Awards in 2007, 2013, 2018 and 2019. 

The Texas native will soon join forces with Parton on a new version of “9 to 5.” The new rendition coincides with the announcement of Sill Working 9 to 5, a documentary celebrating the iconic film 9 To 5

Previously announced performers include host Dolly Parton with Kelsea Ballerini, 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”).

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

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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.