The two global superstars will co-host “Country Music’s Party of the Year,” per an announcement from the Academy on Wednesday morning (March 29). Parton is returning after hosting the show with Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen last year. This will be the first time, however, Brooks has taken the stage to host an awards show.
“I am thrilled to return to host the ACM Awards, this time with my friend Garth,” Parton, a recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, gushed in a statement. “While I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with him throughout the years, I can’t believe we’ve never had the chance to work together. In addition to getting to see all this great new talent in country music, I am excited to have the chance to premiere the lead single from my upcoming rock album on the show!”
Brooks, who will kick off his Las Vegas residency shortly after the ACM Awards, added that “anyone with Dolly Parton makes a fantastic couple.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this legendary pair together for the first time ever as ‘Country Music’s Party of the Year’ heads to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters,” Academy of Country Music CEO and ACM Awards executive producer Damon Whiteside said in a statement. “From exclusive superstar performances to unexpected collaborations to the industry’s most exciting emerging talent, fans are in for an unforgettable night that can only be seen on the ACM Awards stage!”
The 58th ACM Awards will take place at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. It’s set for Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT.