Best Odd Coupling: Dolly Parton and Katy Perry
Katy Perry bowed down to Dolly Parton towards their end of their enchanting medley of "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene" and "9 to 5" — in what was a genuine, not-just-for-the-cameras awestruck moment. Perry's love and appreciation for the country music treasure that is Dolly Parton was evident throughout the night (and not just reflected by her flashy Western wear), hopefully silencing naysayers of their pairing. Their duets were equally poignant and playful, as the emotional cracks in their voices on "Coat" transitioned into a vocally spectacular, passionate "Jolene" and finally into some literal ass-slapping with "9 to 5." Additional kudos to the ACM for giving Parton — the biggest global superstar in the room — so much air time, and for honoring her Coat of Many Colors film with the Tex Ritter award.