Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett to join Dolly Parton as co-hosts of 57th Academy of Country Music Awards live on March 7

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Las Vegas — ACM Award winning country artists Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will join Dolly Parton to co-host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Allen is a two-time ACM nominated artist and reigning New Male Artist of the Year. Barrett is a three-time ACM nominated artist and reigning New Female Artist of the Year.

In addition to joining Dolly Parton as co-hosts for the live show exclusive on Prime Video on March 7, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will join on video to unveil select nominations for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on the @ACMawards Twitter account. 

Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music stated, “The Academy has a long history of highlighting the biggest stars in Country Music alongside today’s rising stars, and this year that will spotlight even further. Reigning ACM New Male Artist of the Year winner Jimmie Allen and reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett will co-host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards side-by-side with Dolly Parton, pairing two of today’s most exciting new artists in the genre with one of the world’s most beloved music icons.”

Prime Video, the Academy of Country Music, and MRC announced today that global superstar Dolly Parton will host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. The two-hour show will stream live without commercial interruption on Prime Video Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Parton will be joined by co-hosts, to be announced at a later date.  Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced next week.

The show celebrates country music’s biggest stars and emerging talent and promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites for exciting and unexpected collaborations, surprising moments, and world television-premiere performances, all exclusively streaming on Prime Video. Tickets for in-person attendance are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.

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“I am so excited to be hosting the ACM Awards on March 7 from Vegas. Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” said global music icon Dolly Parton. Parton is also set to release her album Run, Rose, Run on March 4, to accompany her original novel Run, Rose, Run, written with James Patterson and releasing March 7, both currently available for pre-order. And earlier this week, she was also announced as a nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

“We are honored to welcome Dolly Parton back to be the centerpiece of this landmark 57th Academy of Country Music Awards show at Allegiant Stadium. Dolly is the most iconic and multitalented artist of all time, and we are proud that she is a friend and supporter of the Academy, a previous host, and a 13-time Academy of Country Music Award recipient,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “There is no one better than Dolly to represent the ACM Awards brand and country music on a global scale as we move to streaming and show the world that ‘this is how we country’ by delivering one of the most exhilarating and innovative shows in our history to audiences worldwide.”

“Dolly Parton’s status as a beloved and inspirational icon is a testament to her ongoing impact as an artist, philanthropist, and human being,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “As we bring the Academy of Country Music Awards to our Prime Video customers worldwide for the first time, we are thrilled to showcase the power of Amazon in creating these impactful global entertainment moments with an icon like Dolly as host, as well as must-see performances and collaborations. Amazon is excited to create 360-degree entertainment experiences and engagement with fans that continue beyond the credits rolling in what is sure to be the most fan-centric event of the year.” 

Fans can gear up with exclusive Dolly merch and pre-order both the album and book on her Amazon Music store. Her latest single, “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,” is now streaming on Amazon Music, a top destination for country listening. Amazon Music recently announced that its global music brand Country Heat had surpassed 13 billion streams in the U.S. since its first station launched in October 2016, showcasing Amazon customers’ love for country music.  Fans can discover Dolly Parton t-shirts, hoodies, accessories and more featuring iconic images and lyrics available through Merch by Amazon, a service that enables brands, independent artists, and small businesses to upload custom content printed on demand on apparel, electronics, and home products when ordered by customers in Amazon’s stores. More details of engaging fan-first experiences and products powered by Amazon will be revealed in the coming weeks.   

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will stream live without commercial interruption on Prime Video Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.


The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music. This year’s show promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites and will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more with a show so big, only a stadium can hold it. Tickets are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster. 

The show will make history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively, streaming live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. First held in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards has honored and showcased the biggest names and emerging talent in the industry and is the longest-running country music awards show in history.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. R.A. Clark is executive producer. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org

About Jimmie Allen

Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has been blazing trails since the beginning of his breakout career. Allen is currently nominated for Best New Artist at the 64thAnnual GRAMMY Awards in 2022, his first ever GRAMMY nomination; he is also the only Country nominee in an all-genre category. He is also an Outstanding New Artist nominee for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. Allen made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits off his 2018 debut album Mercury Lane (which The New York Times dubbed as one of 2018’s strongest) – the first being his RIAA 2x Platinum debut single “Best Shot,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on Country radio for three weeks, and second being Platinum-certified “Make Me Want To.” In July 2020, Allen released his star-studded collaboration project Bettie James that garnered a slew of critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. Named for his late grandmother, Bettie Snead, and late father, James Allen, Bettie James has been hailed as an “announcement of [Allen’s] arrival” and a “huge step for country” (NPR), and “a powerful statement from a developing voice” (Billboard). On June 25, 2021, Allen released the project’s follow up album Bettie James Gold Edition. Doubling down on Allen’s expansive love for music across genres, the album “broadens country’s borders” (Billboard) and includes nine brand new songs featuring Babyface, BRELAND, Keith Urban, LANCO, Lathan Warlick, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, LOCASH, Monica, Neon Union, Pitbull, teamwork. and Vikina in addition to the previous collaborations on Bettie James with Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw. Cumulatively, the two projects have earned 432 million global streams. Allen won both the ACM New Male Artist of the Year award and CMA New Artist of the Year award in April and November 2021, respectively. Hailed by GRAMMY.com as one of “5 Black Artists Rewriting Country Music,” he has amassed more than 1 billion on-demand streams and performed on The Kennedy Center Honors, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, TODAY, American Idol, Tamron Hall Show, Nick Cannon, The Steve Harvey Show, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, and more. He is a member of the 2021 Artists Committee for the 44thKennedy Center Honors. His current single “Freedom Was A Highway” with superstar Brad Paisley is Top 10 on Country radio and last year, Allen hit the road as special guest on Paisley’s headline Tour 2021. Much like his approach to music, Allen’s other creative pursuits know no boundaries. His debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet – a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age – was published on July 13, 2021 with Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Allen also serves as Executive Music Producer for Netflix’s series Titletown High, which premiered globally on August 27, 2021. His song “Big In A Small Town” is the theme song for the series. He most recently reached the quarterfinals as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars’ landmark 30th season on ABC. Allen is currently on the Down Home Tour 2022, his first headline tour. For more information on Allen, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com or follow him on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

About Gabby Barrett

Warner Music Nashville’s multi-platinum star Gabby Barrett is setting the trend in Country music. Amassing nearly 2 billion global streams to her credit, Barrett’s expanded version of her acclaimed debut album, Goldmine (Deluxe), features current single “Pick Me Up.” Breaking out with her top-streaming gold LP, the wildly-praised collection launched her meteoric 5X platinum “I Hope” – the most-streamed Country song of 2020; 4-week Hot AC #1 crossover “I Hope (feat. Charlie Puth)” – which earned the iHeartRadio Titanium Award for reaching over 1 billion radio spins; and platinum three-week #1 “The Good Ones.” Reigning atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 27 weeks, “I Hope” was the first debut single by a solo female artist to top the Country radio charts since 2017 and made her the youngest artist with a #1 debut at Country radio in over two decades. Next to be honored at the 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards with the Rising Star Award presented by Honda Stage on March 2, the ACM New Female Artist of the Year has added even more elite wins to her goldmine of accolades from Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, plus recognized as one of the five 2021 CMT Artists of the Year. She was the most-nominated Country music female at the 2021 American Music Awards, earning Favorite Country Album (Goldmine) and Favorite Country Song (“The Good Ones”). In addition, she’s been named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2020; an Amazon Music Breakthrough artist; one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Music; and touted in Variety’s 2020 Young Hollywood Impact Report. Co-host of the 12th annual holiday special, CMA Country Christmas, the powerhouse vocalist continues to prove herself as a dynamic entertainer having also supported Thomas Rhett on tour. For more information on Barrett, visit www.gabbybarrett.com or follow her on InstagramTwitterFacebookYouTube and TikTok.

Source: Academy of Country Music

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