Dolly Parton to Host Monday’s Academy of Country Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) – Dolly Parton will take center stage at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, hosting the Las Vegas event alongside fellow singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen and rising star Gabby Barrett.

The awards show will feature a tribute from Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson to Parton, 76, one of country music’s most beloved artists and a cultural icon that transcends genre.

This year’s Academy of Country Music Awards marks the first time viewers can watch the show exclusively through live streaming. It will appear on Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

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Carrie Underwood, nominated for her fourth Entertainer of the Year award, is one of the performers scheduled to perform at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Underwood’s three Artist of the Year awards are the most won by a woman to date.

Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are also nominated for this supreme award. Church and Stapleton will also perform live at the ceremony.

Leading the field of nominees for this year’s awards is Chris Young with seven, including album of the year. “Famous Friends,” his hit duet with Kane Brown, is up for single of the year.

Miranda Lambert is nominated for five awards, including 16th Female Artist of the Year, tying a record set by Reba McEntire. Walker Hayes, best known for his hit “Fancy Like”, is nominated five times.

Parton began his career in the late 1960s, often partnering with Porter Wagner, and sold over 100 million albums in the more than five decades since.

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Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Karishma Singh

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