American country music legend Dolly Parton presented the 57th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award to the people of Ukraine, as she opened the ceremony in Las Vegas.
Singer Jolene joked she “would rather get over a kidney stone” than get involved in politics but asked viewers to send “love and hope” to those affected by the conflict.
The biggest country night out is back in Nevada this year, after being moved to different locations including Nashville, Tennessee, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The packed Allegiant Stadium saw performances by the Osbourne brothers, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, as well as Parton himself.
Before announcing the first winner, the multi-award winning singer asked the crowd to “take some serious time” before the fun began.
“Now, I don’t want to be in politics and this doesn’t. I would rather pass a kidney stone than do that,” she said.
“I want us to send love and hope to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.”
“So why don’t we dedicate this entire performance to them and pray for peace in this crazy old world.”
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The 76-year-old national treasure wore a shimmering jumpsuit with a shard-like design and joked that a disco ball had fallen on her before the show.
“I want to shine tonight, have I done it?” she asked the audience, to cheer and clap.
Parton also received her own tribute from Kelly Clarkson, who took the stage to perform Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, a song she dedicated to the singer.
The biggest prize of the night, entertainer of the year, went to drunken singer Miranda Lambert, whose recipient was mostly from London.
Male Artist of the Year went to Tennessee Whiskey singer Chris Stapleton, while Best Female went to Carley Pearce.
Morgan Wallen won Album of the Year at the awards for Dangerous: The Double Album, a year after being dropped from the ACM vote after he was caught on camera for using racial slurs.
He was also suspended by Big Loud Records in February 2021 after footage emerged of him shouting insults outside a home in Nashville.
The male singer did not directly mention the incident when he received the award but said the album will show his son that “dad is a warrior”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/dolly-parton-dedicates-57th-acm-awards-to-the-people-of-ukraine-41421959.html Dolly Parton dedicates 57 ACM awards to the people of Ukraine