Katy Perry Dolly Parton

Katy Perry, Dolly Parton Crush 'Jolene' and Other Hits at 51st ACM Awards

Is Katy Perry country music’s next superstar? … OK, no one’s making that leap quite yet, but the “I Kissed a Girl” singer did nail a killer duet with country queen Dolly Parton during the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.

Following a flattering intro from tourmate Kacey Musgraves, Perry took to the stage in a flashy cowgirl getup (“Y’all finally got me into a pair of boots!”) and listed all the similarities between herself and Parton: They were both raised by preachers, they both sang in church and they’re both known for having “the biggest… songs!”

Perry then had the privilege of presenting the Tex Ritter Award to her mentor — Parton is being honored for her made-for-tv movie, NBC’s Coat of Many Colors — and the duo was reintroduced by Musgraves for a high-energy “Coat of Many Colors”/”Jolene”/”9 to 5” medley:

“I heard that Katy was going to present [me with the Tex Ritter Award], and we just said, ‘Well, if we’re going to be together, we just have to sing something,'” Parton recalled in a behind-the-scenes video before the ceremony.

Added Perry, “I’ve always wanted to do something with Dolly. I remember I was trying to get her out of the smokey mountains to get her to come play the Super Bowl. … I put that dream out there, and now it’s being realized.”

Hosted by crooners Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday’s ACM Awards — not to be confused with the CMA Awards, which is apparently something else — once again honored the cream of the country crop, with singers like Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton taking home some of the top honors.

Your thoughts on Perry and Parton’s team-up? Grade their performance below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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9 Comments
  1. Martha says:

    Dolly stoled the show tonight!!!!!!

  2. Maria says:

    Dolly crushed it. I don’t know what the heck Katy Perry was doing, but why was she even there? Her outfit was so costume-y that it looked like she was mocking country music. Female country performers (such as Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert) don’t dress like that. Next time someone needs to give Ms Parton a more appropriate singing partner or…better yet…just let her sing on her own. She’ll do just fine :)

  3. Cas says:

    Why was Katy Perry there?

  4. kirads09 says:

    Dolly is incredible no matter what. Always loved her.

  5. Tom Harris says:

    Dolly had us in stitches, (as usual) and at the same time captured our hearts time and time again! This woman is absolutely incredible and a great asset to the world. Down to earth, and reminds us of how humbling it can be to grow up without many material things, but yet make it through! Keep it up Dolly! Your fans feel your love and hopefully you feel how much we appreciate all that you do for us!

  6. I would give Dolly an A and Katy an F. Ugh. That harmony was terrible!

  7. HAP says:

    Dolly is the sweetest woman. Years ago, I found myself waiting for a valet to get my car outside Harrah’s in Tahoe, and was approached by Dolly, who struck up a conversation.