Gabby Barrett and Dolly Parton are set to make history at the upcoming 57th Academy Of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7.
According to Billboard, Barrett will break a record previously held by The Judds’ Wynonna Judd as the show’s youngest co-host at the age of 21-years-old, just two days before her 22nd birthday. Judd was 22-years and 10-months old in April 1987 when she co-hosted the coveted awards show alongside her mother Naomi Judd and Dallas star Patrick Duffy.
In addition to Barrett, Parton will also make history as one of the oldest people to ever host a major awards show at the age of 76-years-old. The “9 to 5” singer previously made history as the oldest host in the history of the CMA Awards, which she co-hosted in November 2019 when she was 71-years-old.
Barrett and Parton are set to co-host the upcoming ACM Awards alongside reigning ACM New Male Artist Of The Year, Jimmie Allen.
Furthermore, Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen recently joined forces to announce the nominees for the 2022 ACM Awards, where Barrett received one nod for Female Artist Of The Year and Allen also received one nomination for Male Artist Of The Year.
Barrett recently shared a cover of Parton’s iconic hit, “I Will Always Love You,” as part of the deluxe edition of her debut album, Goldmine.
“I did ‘I Will Always Love You’. I love Dolly Parton, she’s someone I absolutely love and has inspired me in a lot of ways,” Barrett said during a recent interview with Audacy’s Katie Neal. “She always wrote songs that are true to her life and her life story. I kind of did it as a tribute to her. I kind of did it in the style of Whitney Houston, the way that she sang it. I love Country and R&B, so you kind of get the mix of both.”
Listen to Barrett’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” below.
Airing on Prime Video, the 2022 ACM Awards will take place on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Kelsea Ballerini, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Breakthrough Artist for Amazon Music, BRELAND, are among the star-studded list of performers confirmed to take the stage during the 2-hour LIVE broadcast.
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.
The show promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites for exciting and unexpected collaborations, surprising moments fans will never forget, and world television-premiere performances.
Tickets to attend the 2022 ACM Awards are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.com.