Dolly Parton Will Host ACM Awards Special May 3

Country Music Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton will host the 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show May 3 in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live from the Universal Amphitheatre, 8-11 p.m., ET, on CBS-TV.

Parton — who bedazzled critics last year with her high-octane bluegrass album, The Grass is Blue — holds five ACM awards, including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year. She is nominated this year with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt for Top Vocal Event for their Grammy-winning recording of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush.” Parton also has earned five Grammy and eight Country Music Association honors. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1969, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Academy will confer awards this year in the categories of top Entertainer, Vocal Duo or Group, Male and Female Vocalist, New Male and New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo or Group, Vocal Event, Music Video, Single, Song and Album.

Nominees for the 2000 ACM honors were announced March 1 in Nashville during the annual Country Radio Seminar.

R. A. (Rac) Clark and Barry Adelman will produce the special for dick clark productions. John Hobbs will be the musical director.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to