When Dolly Parton learned that Katy Perry was set to present her with the Tex Ritter Award at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), the music legend was keen to share the stage with the pop star. As for Katy, the feeling was mutual. "I’ve always wanted to do something with Dolly," she revealed during rehearsals before the show, adding that she tried to recruit Dolly for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show but work commitments prohibited the power collaboration from happening. Still, the 31-year-old was determined to make it happen one day. "I put that dream out there and now it’s being realized!"
From the moment she stepped onto the red carpet, Katy was in full-on Dolly mode. The singer paired her Jeremy Scott-designed baby blue jacket and fringed skirt with hot pink cow-printed cowboy boots. For the duet, the "Kissed a Girl" singer changed into a red cowgirl-inspired dress with matching boots to perform a medley of the country legend's biggest hits including "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene" and "9 to 5." The superstars took turns belting out the lines of the famous songs while the audience watched in awe.
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In true Dolly fashion, the signer's hair was as big as her heart as she accepted the special award for her successful television movie Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, which was inspired by her hit song. "The song represents a very special time in my life," she told the star-studded crowd, adding, "The fact that so many people love it really touches my heart."
Following the show, Katy reminisced about the performance on social media by posting a photo of herself with Dolly, captioned, "Lil bit country, lil bit pop! #outdreamingmydreamsonebyone #ILYSMDolly."