“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,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, shared in a statement.
Barrett and Allen are the ACM New Female Artist of the Year and ACM New Male Artist of the Year, respectively. Whiteside said the ACM is excited to pair “two of today’s most exciting new artists in the genre with one of the world’s most beloved music icons” for the upcoming show.
Barrett and Allen will also reveal a select number of ACM Awards nominations on Thursday (Feb. 10) at 10:30 a.m. EST via @ACMAwards on Twitter.
Last week, the Academy of Country Music announced that Parton will host the 2022 ACM Awards as the show streams live from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, on March 7.
“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,” Parton previously shared.
Previous ACM hosts include Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton, Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn and more.
Parton previously hosted the Academy Of Country Music Awards in May 2000 during their 35th annual awards show.
The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
For the first time ever, the show will stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, rather than on CBS. This marks the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively.