Dynamic duo! Hosts Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks introduced the laughs — and made the group blush — throughout their 2023 ACM Awards opening monologue.
Brooks, 61, kicked off the awards present on Thursday, Could 11, in Frisco, Texas, by paying homage to a few of the biggest nation music stars of all time, or the G.O.A.T.s of the trade.
He referred to as George Strait “your hero and my hero” and highlighted the musical contributions of Johnny Money, George Jones and Randy Travis earlier than mentioning that the “king of nation music” may really be a feminine primarily based on longevity and famous person standing.
“That feminine is in the home tonight! Dolly Parton,” the “That Summer time” crooner yelled as his cohost hilariously walked out on stage with a literal goat in a wagon.
The “Two Doorways Down” songstress quipped: “Did I hear you say you have been in search of a goat?” She then made an animal pun, saying, “I believe somebody wants to return take her baaack! That was such a baaad joke.”
Parton’s jokes rapidly turned extra sexual when the “Love Is Like a Butterfly” singer claimed that earlier than Brooks grew to become a star, “Folks have been saying little outdated me have been two of the largest stars in nation music.” She gestured to her chest, including, “I’m milking it.”
The “Wildflowers” musician continued to place her cohost on the recent seat, telling the viewers, “I noticed you on-line telling all these good individuals on the market that I’m your corridor go. And that I’m Trisha [Yearwood]’s corridor go too!”
Parton then had a realization, joking that Brooks use of the “GOAT” really stood for, “Garth Arrange A Threesome!”
A speechless Brooks finally took over the microphone, telling the Run Rose Run coauthor: “I believed I couldn’t love you anymore! I’m blushing to be working with Dolly.”
The twosome beforehand gave followers a glimpse at their playful dynamic one month earlier than the awards present, sharing a teaser clip for the occasion by way of social media.
“There’s a primary time for all the pieces @GarthBrooks 💛,” Parton captioned a Twitter video on April 18 of her and her cohost hanging out in a dressing room. “We’re internet hosting the @ACMawards — Could 11 on @PrimeVideo! #ACMawards.”
Within the promo, the Metal Magnolias star overestimated her stage companion who had a little bit of the jitters forward of the present. “Woo-hoo, don’t you look good-looking! Are you prepared for our huge night time?” the “Jolene” songstress requested Brooks, to which he replied, “Yeah, I’m just a little nervous to be trustworthy.”
Whereas the “Dance” crooner admitted it was his “first time,” Parton teased that she had been across the block a time or two. (She has hosted the ACMs two extra occasions in 2000 and 2022, respectively.)
“I personally, am going to make this, one of the best night time of your life,” she quipped, which prompted the “Buddies in Low Locations” singer to ask in the event that they have been speaking about “internet hosting” the awards present and never one thing extra sexual.
The Dollywood founder assured him she was being strictly skilled, earlier than telling Brooks to “take a look at me … up right here” if he had any issues.
“Up right here, sure ma’am,” the Oklahoma native mentioned with fun, ensuring to look Parton within the eye and never her chest.
Earlier this month, the 9 to five alum and her cohost chatted with Prime Video to promote the event — and confirmed simply how a lot they love the music style.
“I’m so nation, I can’t do nothing however be nation,” Parton, who was not too long ago inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame, informed the outlet on Could 4.
Brooks agreed, saying, “I don’t assume there’s something that kinda appears like inhaling and respiratory out, than listening to or enjoying nation music.”
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The “Thunder Rolls” crooner then gushed about his cohost, calling Parton “biggest of all time” for nation music. “She’s timeless. She’s ageless,” Brooks revealed. “And her expertise simply will get larger and larger and larger.”