Country singer Dolly Parton took the stage at the ACM Awards and dedicated the 57th annual ceremony to the people of Ukraine.
Video not available
Legendary singer Dolly Parton dedicated the Academy Country Music Awards program Monday night to people in Ukraine who have been affected by the war with Russia.
Taking the stage in a mirrored jumpsuit, the 9-5, 76-year-old singer performed one of two tributes to Ukraine at the opening of the annual awards ceremony at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The show is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video as it was streamed for the first time.
She looks stunning in an eye-catching design that shows off her amazing figure. She sported her blonde hair with a blue butterfly clip and completed the look with a pair of open-toe heels.
On stage, Dolly joked that she would rather “get over a kidney stone” than enter politics but wanted to send “love and hope to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.”
Getty Images for ACM)
“Why don’t we dedicate this whole performance to them and pray for peace in this crazy old world,” she added.
Her words received loud applause.
And she was thanked by Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi for his service when the band accepted the award for group of the year.
They added that it felt strange to be celebrating while “everyone was fighting for their lives”.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has displaced 1.7 million people and raised fears of wider conflict in the West.
The biggest award of the night, which is the 57th annual edition of the awards ceremony, is the Entertainer of the Year award.
Drunk singer Miranda Lambert has won the award and received it virtually from London.
Male Artist of the Year went to Tennessee Whiskey singer Chris Stapleton, while Best Female went to Carley Pearce.
Album of the Year was awarded to Morgan Wallen for Dangerous: The Double Album.
Getty Images for ACM)
The victory comes a year after being disqualified from the ACM vote after he was caught on camera using a racial slur.
He was also suspended by Big Loud Records in February 2021 after subsequent footage became public of him shouting insults outside a home in Nashville.
In his acceptance speech, the male singer avoided mentioning the incident directly, but did say that the album would show his son that “dad is a warrior”.
While performing, Kelly Clarkson paid her own special tribute to Dolly as she performed her vibrant version of I Will Always Love You.
Do you have a story to sell? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly 0207 29 33033.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/dolly-parton-dedicates-acm-awards-26411159 Dolly Parton dedicates ACM award to the people of Ukraine in the context of Russia's war