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

Katy Perry Dolly Parton

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.

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