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Kelly Clarkson Honors Dolly Parton at ACM Awards with 'I Will Always Love You' Performance

  • There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Kelly Clarkson took to the ACM Awards stage to perform "I Will Always Love You" in a special tribute to Dolly Parton.

    Clarkson's performance earned high praise from the Queen of Country Music, who also served as host of the annual event. "I know that Whitney is smiling down on us tonight. She'd be proud of that," said Parton. "I was backstage trying not to cry my eyelashes off. I was slinging snot every direction, and tears. But anyway, that was an amazing job."

    In a first for the award show, the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in a two-hour format with limited commercials. Fans who missed the live broadcast from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas can catch the full replay on Prime Video.

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Kelly Clarkson, Academy of Country Music Awards, Dolly Parton