Perry presented the Tex Ritter Award to Parton for the TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, which she produced and narrated. To honor Parton’s eighth ACM Award, the duo took the stage to sing together for the very first time.
“I recently tweeted that I was but just one tiny sequin in Dolly Parton’s gown. I think I’ll say though, maybe we’re kind of cut from the same lamé,” Perry said in her introduction for the star. “Her grandpa was a preacher. My father’s a preacher. We both grew up singing and playing guitar in church.” Despite making their names in very different genres, the powerhouse singers do have a lot in common.
“This is such a great honor,” Parton said upon accepting the award. “Of course the Coat of Many Colors represents a very special time in my life and the fact that so many people loved it really touches my heart.”
Wearing a sequined, grown-up version of the very coat that she sings about, Parton took to the stage with Perry to perform the song that inspired her award-winning film, along with her hits, “Jolene,” and “9 to 5.”
While we’re not sure that Perry will be making the jump to country music anytime soon, watching these superstars belt it out on the ACM stage was quite a sight to behold.