Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett To Join Dolly Parton As Co-Hosts Of The 57th Annual ACM Awards


ACM Award winning country artists Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will join Dolly Parton to co-host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Allen is a two-time ACM nominated artist and reigning New Male Artist of the Year. Barrett is a three-time ACM nominated artist and reigning New Female Artist of the Year. And it’s happening Thursday, February 10, 2022 beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. PT on @ACMawards on Twitter

In addition to joining Dolly Parton as co-hosts for the live show exclusive on Prime Video on March 7, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will join on video to unveil select nominations for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on the @ACMawards Twitter account.

Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music stated, “The Academy has a long history of highlighting the biggest stars in Country Music alongside today’s rising stars, and this year that will spotlight even further. Reigning ACM New Male Artist of the Year winner Jimmie Allen and reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett will co-host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards side-by-side with Dolly Parton, pairing two of today’s most exciting new artists in the genre with one of the world’s most beloved music icons.”

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will stream live without commercial interruption on Prime Video Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

About Jimmie Allen

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Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has been blazing trails since the beginning of his breakout career. Allen is currently nominated for Best New Artist at the 64thAnnual GRAMMY Awards in 2022, his first ever GRAMMY nomination; he is also the only Country nominee in an all-genre category. He is also an Outstanding New Artist nominee for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. Allen made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits off his 2018 debut album Mercury Lane (which The New York Times dubbed as one of 2018’s strongest) – the first being his RIAA 2x Platinum debut single “Best Shot,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on Country radio for three weeks, and second being Platinum-certified “Make Me Want To.” In July 2020, Allen released his star-studded collaboration project Bettie James that garnered a slew of critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. Named for his late grandmother, Bettie Snead, and late father, James Allen, Bettie James has been hailed as an “announcement of [Allen’s] arrival” and a “huge step for country” (NPR), and “a powerful statement from a developing voice” (Billboard). On June 25, 2021, Allen released the project’s follow up album Bettie James Gold Edition. Doubling down on Allen’s expansive love for music across genres, the album “broadens country’s borders” (Billboard) and includes nine brand new songs featuring Babyface, BRELAND, Keith Urban, LANCO, Lathan Warlick, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, LOCASH, Monica, Neon Union, Pitbull, teamwork. and Vikina in addition to the previous collaborations on Bettie James with Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells and Tim McGraw. Cumulatively, the two projects have earned 432 million global streams. Allen won both the ACM New Male Artist of the Year award and CMA New Artist of the Year award in April and November 2021, respectively. Hailed by GRAMMY.com as one of “5 Black Artists Rewriting Country Music,” he has amassed more than 1 billion on-demand streams and performed on The Kennedy Center Honors, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, TODAY, American Idol, Tamron Hall Show, Nick Cannon, The Steve Harvey Show, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, and more. He is a member of the 2021 Artists Committee for the 44thKennedy Center Honors. His current single “Freedom Was A Highway” with superstar Brad Paisley is Top 10 on Country radio and last year, Allen hit the road as special guest on Paisley’s headline Tour 2021. Much like his approach to music, Allen’s other creative pursuits know no boundaries. His debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet – a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age – was published on July 13, 2021 with Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Allen also serves as Executive Music Producer for Netflix’s series Titletown High, which premiered globally on August 27, 2021. His song “Big In A Small Town” is the theme song for the series. He most recently reached the quarterfinals as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars‘ landmark 30th season on ABC. Allen is currently on the Down Home Tour 2022, his first headline tour. For more information on Allen, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com or follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Gabby Barrett

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Warner Music Nashville’s multi-platinum star Gabby Barrett is setting the trend in Country music. Amassing nearly 2 billion global streams to her credit, Barrett’s expanded version of her acclaimed debut album, Goldmine (Deluxe), features current single “Pick Me Up.” Breaking out with her top-streaming gold LP, the wildly-praised collection launched her meteoric 5X platinum “I Hope” – the most-streamed Country song of 2020; 4-week Hot AC #1 crossover “I Hope (feat. Charlie Puth)” – which earned the iHeartRadio Titanium Award for reaching over 1 billion radio spins; and platinum three-week #1 “The Good Ones.” Reigning atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 27 weeks, “I Hope” was the first debut single by a solo female artist to top the Country radio charts since 2017 and made her the youngest artist with a #1 debut at Country radio in over two decades. Next to be honored at the 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards with the Rising Star Award presented by Honda Stage on March 2, the ACM New Female Artist of the Year has added even more elite wins to her goldmine of accolades from Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, plus recognized as one of the five 2021 CMT Artists of the Year. She was the most-nominated Country music female at the 2021 American Music Awards, earning Favorite Country Album (Goldmine) and Favorite Country Song (“The Good Ones”). In addition, she’s been named Billboard‘s Top New Country Artist of 2020; an Amazon Music Breakthrough artist; one of Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 in Music; and touted in Variety‘s 2020 Young Hollywood Impact Report. Co-host of the 12th annual holiday special, CMA Country Christmas, the powerhouse vocalist continues to prove herself as a dynamic entertainer having also supported Thomas Rhett on tour. For more information on Barrett, visit www.gabbybarrett.com or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.