Host Dolly Parton opened the Academy Award for Country Music on Monday night, dedicating the show to the people of Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
“I don’t want to get involved in politics, I’m better off giving a kidney stone than doing it,” Parton said from the ACMs stage at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. “But I want us to send our love and hope to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. So why don’t we just dedicate this whole play to them and pray for peace. “
It was the only major moment in the introductory monologue for Parton, who wore a jumpsuit that seemed to be covered in shiny shards of glass.
“I just dropped a disco ball,” Parton said. “I just hope nothing pierces me.”
Her co-hosts Jimmy Allen and Gabi Barrett followed with performances celebrating the return of the show to their usual hometown after two years in Nashville. They sang Elvis Presley’s classics “Viva Las Vegas” and “Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill.
Aside from Parton’s presence, the show won’t be traditional, which has switched from network TV to streaming only, with no ads on Amazon Prime Video.
Year the main nominee is Chris Young, whose seven nominationsincluding album of the year and single of the year, in part because he received double ratings as a performer and producer.
Parton is also scheduled to sing on the evening when the performances will be central – 22 of them, and only eight awards will be presented.
The return of Morgan Wallen, if he comes and wins any major awards, could be one of the highlights of the evening. Wallen returned as a four-time candidate after being removed from last year’s ACM vote after he was hit the camera using racial insults. He has since been absent from other awards shows, but has gradually returned to the spotlight.
His nominations include the album of the year for “Dangerous: The Double Album,” which was the most popular album in all genres last year. He also received nominations as Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
Drawn by ACM’s reputation for a fun, engaging and inclusive atmosphere, Amazon sought to go beyond the live sporting events it previously broadcast to connect them with the country’s large audience of fans who listen to Amazon Music.
The show will have a sporty look, with three scenes, spider cameras on top, continuous action and intense graphics.
The awards will be handed out in parts, not between songs, with one 35-minute block of non-stop performances. Editing will also be offered after showing only performances.
Leading Artist of the Year ACM Luke Brian also has double performances, including his hit “Buy Dirt” with Jordan Davis and a performance of his ballad “Up”. Other performers include Kane Brown, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldin, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Walker Hayes, Thomas Rhett, Blanca Brown, Brooke Eden, Carly Pierce, Ashley McBride and Braland.
Miranda Lambert received five nominations, including Artist of the Year, and is now in her 16th nomination for Artist of the Year with Rebbe McEntyre. First nominee Walker Hayes also received five nominations because of his viral themed Applebee song “Fancy Like,” which was received as the single of the year.
Chris Stapleton, a five-time nominee, is vying for the title of Artist of the Year along with Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Carrie Underwood.
Along with Morgan, album nominees of the year included Carly Pierce, Thomas Rhett, Young, Lambert, Jack Ingram and John Randall.