ACM Awards: Dolly Parton Receives Tex Ritter Award for 'Coat of Many Colors'

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Dolly Parton and Katy Perry

Katy Perry presented the country singer and honoree with her award.

Katy Perry welcomed "her personal hero" Dolly Parton to the stage to receive the Tex Ritter Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night.

Perry reflected on personal similarities between herself and the iconic country singer, sharing with the audience that "her grandpa was a preacher, my father was a preacher” and cheekily alluded to their breast sizes: "We’re known for some of the … biggest songs in our field."

The renowned country artist was awarded for her TV movie Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, an NBC special that premiered in December. The movie, starring Alyvia Alyn Lind as 9-year-old Parton, follows the singer's own childhood as her family struggles to overcome hardships.  

"This means the world to me," Parton said at the podium upon accepting the award. "And so do you."

The Tex Ritter Award recognizes a movie released in the preceding year that highlights country music.

The 51st annual ACM Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Following her award acceptance, Parton took the stage to perform a duet of the songs "Coat of Many Colors," "Nine to Five" and "Jolene" with Perry.

 

 

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