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Dolly Parton Will Perform With Katy Perry, Receive Special Honor at 2016 ACM Awards

Dolly Parton Katy Perry 2016 ACM Awards
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Dolly Parton will have a big night at the 2016 ACM Awards: The country icon will be performing with pop star Katy Perry and receiving a special award during the upcoming ceremony.

Parton and Perry’s performance will be their first-ever live duet together. Additional details, including the song they will sing, were not revealed.

In addition to her performance with Perry, Parton will receive the Tex Ritter Award for her Coat of Many Colors TV movie. The honor, per the Academy of Country Music, “is given to a movie released and / or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.” It is named, of course, for country singer and actor Tex Ritter, who starred in numerous films from the mid-1930s through the early ’70s, and released a number of albums from the late 1940s through the mid-’70s.

Parton, who will soon release a new album and embark on a tour, released Coat of Many Colors in December, as her first made-for-TV movie for NBC. Thirteen million viewers tuned in during the film’s debut, and the movie earned a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Coat of Many Colors was also the most-watched movie on broadcast TV since May of 2012 and earned NBC its best total-viewer results in the time period since 2009’s ER series finale, excluding sports and live musicals. Parton was honored with a Movieguide Award for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2015 for the film, which is set for release on DVD in early May.

Also among the performer lineup for the 2016 ACM Awards are Brett Eldredge, Chris Young and Cassadee PopeLuke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Chris StapletonJason AldeanThomas RhettDierks BentleyKelsea Ballerini, Eric ChurchSam HuntCarrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Cam.

The 2016 ACM Awards are set to air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 3, beginning at 8PM ET on CBS. Bryan and Bentley will be co-hosting this year’s ceremony.

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