Music-ACM Awards

In this combination of photos, Dolly Parton appears at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 2022, left, and Garth Brooks appears at the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala in New York on Sept. 26, 2019. Parton and Brooks will host the ACM Awards on May 11. 

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — It'll be a new experience for Garth Brooks when he steps onto the stage Thursday at the Academy of Country Music Awards — it's his first time hosting an awards show.

Co-host Dolly Parton will be there to help him out if he needs it — not that either showed any worry in a recent interview. “We’ve got a script that we'll go by just for guidance and time for the show, but I doubt very seriously that we’ll stick to it too close,” Parton said.

"It’s fun for me as a fan because I’ve always loved this woman from distance, but we’ve never got to work like this before. So trust me, ... whether the show goes on the air or not, I’m having the best time on the planet,” Brooks said.

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