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Kelly Clarkson Pays An Emotional Tribute To Dolly Parton With “I Will Always Love You” At the 2022 ACM Awards

“I was backstage trying not to cry my false eyelashes off, slinging snot in every direction and tears,” Parton said after Clarkson’s performance.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 07: Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium on March 07, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ACM)

Kelly Clarkson proved just how much love she really has for country music legend Dolly Parton.

Yesterday (March 7), the multi-platinum recording artist took the stage at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to pay tribute to this year’s ACM host. Clarkson performed “I Will Always Love You” wearing a gorgeous black gown.

While it was announced last month that Clarkson would be paying tribute to Parton, not a single person — even Parton herself — was prepared for the wave of emotions they would get from this performance of Whitney Houston’s hit song, which was written by Dolly. 

“I know that Whitney is smiling down on us tonight, so thank you very much, she would be proud of that,” Parton said.

She continued to say just how touching she found the tribute.

“I was backstage trying not to cry my false eyelashes off, slinging snot in every direction and tears. But anyway, that was an amazing job!”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: (L-R) Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson speak onstage during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium on March 07, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM)

After Clarkson received a much deserved standing ovation from the ACM crowd, she took one last chance to give her love to Parton.

“Give it up for Dolly Parton!” Clarkson told the crowd as she walked off stage.

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Written by Gracie Lowes

Gracie is an intern at Celeb Secrets who attends St Clair College. When she’s not reporting on the latest news, she enjoys watching tv shows and movies, reading, going to concerts and traveling.

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