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The “Heartstrings” star, 76, gave an opening monologue in which she dedicated “the whole show” to Ukraine, asking everyone to send their prayers to the people of Ukraine in the midst of the Russian invasion.
“I love to laugh, I love to joke, and we’re going to have a good time tonight, but before we start all our fun I want us to take a serious moment,” Barton said while speaking to a packed group. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Now I don’t want to be political and that’s not it. I’d rather pass kidney stones than do this, but I want to send our love and hope to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.”
“So why not dedicate this entire show to them and pray for peace around this crazy old world?” She added before giving a collaborative performance featuring Jimmy Allen and Gabe Barrett.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has 406 civilians were confirmed killed in Ukraine Since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion It started on February 24. Another 801 civilians were wounded as of midnight Sunday, the office said, noting that the fighting has hampered accurate reporting, and that the numbers are already higher.
The attack prompted 1.7 million Ukrainians to flee the country.
In addition to Barton, Matthew Ramsay of Old Dominion sent his ideas to Ukraine during their acceptance speech for the Group of the Year.
“I’m so grateful Dolly said what she said at the beginning because I was feeling a little weird because we’re in this beautiful bubble here where everyone named tonight fought for their dreams. But there are people fighting for their lives now, and it just felt a little weird. So I So grateful that she said it. So thank you. We are so grateful for this award. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Viewers also took to Twitter to praise Parton for dedicating the show to Ukraine.
One person wrote in part: “Such class action asks for Ukraine’s support.” Another person said “thank you” to Barton.
Dressed in a shimmering mosaic jumpsuit, Barton opened the 2022 ACM races in lavish style. Sure enough, Parton suited the glamor and glamor of a Vegas night, he was self-critical and humorous, making several digs for himself while easing the crowd for a fun-filled night of performances by country music’s best names.
“I wanted to shine tonight, did you?!” She said during her monologue. “I was walking down the hall back here coming on stage, and a disco ball fell right on top of me. Shards of glass flew everywhere.”
“I hope nothing punctures me,” she joked. “Otherwise I’ll be sailing around this room like an inflatable doll.” “So grab me if you can!”
“What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, and I’m so excited to be here in Las Vegas when co-hosts Jimmy Allen and Gabe Barrett join us,” she added of the two young stars. “Yeah, now they’re the real deal, the real deal. And you know how I hate anything fake.”
During a swarm of paused shows, Chris Stapleton paid tribute to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas massacre at the 91st Harvest Music Festival by performing his song “Watch You Burn.” You will get your turn. The devil will watch you burn,” he was strapping into a rough baritone.
It seemed that Morgan Wallen Moving on from public scandal He also took home an award for Album of the Year with “Dangerous: The Double Album”.
After a leaked video showing him using racial slurs, ACM announced that it had banned Wallen’s “potential participation and eligibility” from last year’s awards show. At the time, the 28-year-old was suspended by his own record label, Big Loud Records, and conglomerates like iHeartRadio, who pulled his music from its stations.
Wait a few months before publicly broke his silence About the incident, he shared a handwritten letter to fans on social media in April.
In November, Wallen announced the 2022 Dangerous Tour.
In his speech to the ACM on Monday, Wallen didn’t directly mention the issue and his absence from recent award shows, but he may have hinted at it because he said receiving the honor “means” to his one-year-old son Indigo. Wilder “that his father was a fighter and that he chased after his dreams and worked hard to make them come true.”
He said in part, “When I started this album, I was a kid. By the time I made it out, I was a father.”
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood won Song of the Year for the duo “If I Didn’t Love You,” while Lainey Wilson won Song of the Year for “Things a Man Oughta Know.” The artists later performed the songs live in a performance heavy show.
Among the other shows off the show was Kelly Clarkson who featured Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.
Miranda Lambert, 38, also came home with her first-ever Artist of the Year win, and many fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to the country star.
“Unfortunately, Miranda cannot be here tonight because she is working abroad,” Barton said while accepting the award on Lambert’s behalf.
“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m not there to celebrate,” Lambert said during a video acceptance speech from London as Country 2 is set to lead the country on Friday.
“This is the first time I’ve missed ACM members in 17 years,” she said. “My heart is a little broken, but I’m glad to be where I am. I’ve been waiting for this for a really long time. I didn’t actually think this would happen. But thank you so much to the country music family for embracing me all these years and continuing to support me.”
One Twitter user wrote, while another echoed the sentiment, “You can say whatever the hell you want. But no one, no one deserves this award more than Miranda Lambert. 22 years later” adding“It’s about d – n time!”
Streamed live on Amazon Prime Video, the show tried to evoke a festive atmosphere while honoring global and local tragedies.
Stephanie Pagons of Fox News Digital and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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