At Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, pop superstar Katy Perry and country music legend Dolly Parton united on stage for a much-anticipated performance.
Perry, who called Parton one of her “personal heroes,” introduced Parton and presented her with the Tex Ritter award for her television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”
Before Parton took the stage to receive her award, Perry joked that she and Parton had a lot in common including being “known for the biggest…songs in their fields.” The country singer winked at the suggestive quip.
For the performance, Parton and Perry sang renditions of her hits, Coat of Many Colors, Jolene, and 9 to 5. While the MGM audience roared with applause over the performance, some of other performers throughout the night arguably outshone the duo. The two seemed less polished than that of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, or Miranda Lambert and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. No one can deny that Dolly Parton and Katy Perry may have “been cut from the same lamé,” but the performance lacked the stage presence that Perry is known for, the type of stage presence some of the soul songs like ‘Jolene’ demand.