Dolly Parton closed out the 2023 ACM Awards with the live debut of her new song “World on Fire.” Parton also co-hosted the two-hour show alongside Garth Brooks.
Performing with a line of backup dancers who doubled as a choir, Parton sang a cautionary tale about the situation. In short, mankind has lost faith in God, politicians are greedy, and the meaning of truth is up for debate. “What is the truth? Have we all lost sight of/common decency/evil and good? she sang at one point. As the song reached its extended end, Parton and the choir repeated, “Liar, liar, the world’s on fire / What you gonna do when it all burns?” To say the final was an uplifting moment, despite a shower of confetti, would be an overstatement.
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“World on Fire” will appear on Parton’s next album rock star, which is due out on November 17. The country legend announced the crazy tracklist and guest credits for the album earlier in the week. The 30-track collection is two-thirds made up of covers and the remaining one-third, with guests including Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Rob Halford, as well as Stevie Nicks, Steve Perry and Steven Tyler, and many more. .
rock star was partly a response to Parton’s 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, an honor she didn’t feel like she deserved until she made a simple rock album. Initially, she tried to get herself removed from consideration, but then relented.
“I always believed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for rock music people,” she said in an interview with NPR. morning edition in 2022. “I recently discovered that it is not necessarily that. But if they can’t go there to be recognized, where can they go? And so I felt like I was taking away from someone who maybe definitely deserved it more than me since I never considered myself a rock artist. But of course, there is more than that.
Lainey Wilson was the big winner of the night, taking home ACM Awards honors for Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Chris Stapleton was crowned artist of the year.
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