Prime Video, the Academy of Country Music, and MRC announced today that global superstar Dolly Parton will host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. The two-hour show will stream live without commercial interruption on Prime Video Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Parton will be joined by co-hosts, to be announced at a later date. Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced next week.
The show celebrates country music’s biggest stars and emerging talent and promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites for exciting and unexpected collaborations, surprising moments, and world television-premiere performances, all exclusively streaming on Prime Video. Tickets for in-person attendance are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.
“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,” said global music icon Dolly Parton. Parton is also set to release her album Run, Rose, Run on March 4, to accompany her original novel Run, Rose, Run, written with James Patterson and releasing March 7, both currently available for pre-order. And earlier this week, she was also announced as a nominee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
“We are honored to welcome Dolly Parton back to be the centerpiece of this landmark 57th Academy of Country Music Awards show at Allegiant Stadium. Dolly is the most iconic and multitalented artist of all time, and we are proud that she is a friend and supporter of the Academy, a previous host, and a 13-time Academy of Country Music Award recipient,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “There is no one better than Dolly to represent the ACM Awards brand and country music on a global scale as we move to streaming and show the world that ‘this is how we country’ by delivering one of the most exhilarating and innovative shows in our history to audiences worldwide.”
“Dolly Parton’s status as a beloved and inspirational icon is a testament to her ongoing impact as an artist, philanthropist, and human being,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “As we bring the Academy of Country Music Awards to our Prime Video customers worldwide for the first time, we are thrilled to showcase the power of Amazon in creating these impactful global entertainment moments with an icon like Dolly as host, as well as must-see performances and collaborations. Amazon is excited to create 360-degree entertainment experiences and engagement with fans that continue beyond the credits rolling in what is sure to be the most fan-centric event of the year.”
Fans can gear up with exclusive Dolly merch and pre-order both the album and book on her Amazon Music store. Her latest single, “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,” is now streaming on Amazon Music, a top destination for country listening. Amazon Music recently announced that its global music brand Country Heat had surpassed 13 billion streams in the U.S. since its first station launched in October 2016, showcasing Amazon customers’ love for country music. Fans can discover Dolly Parton t-shirts, hoodies, accessories and more featuring iconic images and lyrics available through Merch by Amazon, a service that enables brands, independent artists, and small businesses to upload custom content printed on demand on apparel, electronics, and home products when ordered by customers in Amazon’s stores. More details of engaging fan-first experiences and products powered by Amazon will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will stream live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, and will make history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively. First held in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards has honored and showcased the biggest names and emerging talent in the industry and is the longest-running country music awards show in history.
The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. R.A. Clark is executive producer of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org
The health and safety of the artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners involved in the Academy of Country Music Awards is the number-one priority. All guidelines set forth by national, state, and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production, along with additional safety measures to be instated by MRC and the Academy of Country Music.
(Press release courtesy of ACM).