The 2022 ACM Awards started off with a dedication to Ukraine.
The one and only Dolly Parton hit the stage in a disco ball-inspired outfit and brought attention to the war in Ukraine.
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“I don’t want to be political and this is not. I’d rather pass a kidney stone than do that. I want us to send our love and hope to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine,” Parton said.
She added she would “pray for peace” and dedicated the show to those affected by Russia’s invasion.
Parton then handed things over to her co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett who sang “Viva Las Vegas” for the Las Vegas-based award show.
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— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) March 8, 2022
From there it was Eric Church’s turn to sing a few of his biggest hits for the massive crowd.
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But the fun didn’t stop there as he threw to Walker Hayes who sang from the audience, along with plenty of high-fives.
The hosts then returned to the stage to introduce themselves.
“You’re like an Energizer Bunny but you look like a Playboy Bunny,” Allen said of Parton.