Country and pop collide at iHeartRadio Music Awards, ACM Awards

Parton and Perry Prepare for ACM Awards Duet
Parton and Perry Prepare for ACM Awards Duet

The iHeartMusic Awards and ACM Awards took place at the same time Sunday night, but music lovers didn't have to choose between pop and country -- because incredible crossover performances colored both shows.

For those wondering where "Jealous" singer Nick Jonas was at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, they didn't need to look further than the ACMs, where he joined Kelsea Ballerini on stage for "Peter Pan" with a wow-worthy guitar solo and high-powered vocals ... Did you catch his incredible falsetto?

Demi Lovato brought down the house at the 2016 iHeartRadioMusic Awards with a performance of her hit single "Stone Cold" -- and she also had a special guest to help her out. Brad Paisley played the guitar alongside her in what was another great country-pop crossover duet. Lovato's high notes with Paisley's insane skills on the guitar made it one of the most memorable performances of the evening.

"Demi Lovato just sang her ass off -- so there's that," Justin Timberlake said moments after their performance. And we have to agree because that's exactly what happened.

Back in Las Vegas, Dolly Parton and Katy Perry, both rocking their signature over-the-top styles, shook it up with their highly-anticipated duet. Perry joined the star on stage after honoring the country star with the Tex Ritter award and presenting the new TV movie about Parton, "Coat of Many Colors."

"Maybe we're cut from the same lamé becuase my father was a preacher, her grandfather was a preacher," she said.

The pop star also drew laughs from the crowd when she cheekily acknowledged that they're both known for their "biggest ... songs."

Hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan hyped up the pairing all night, building the anticipation throughout the plentiful awards and performances -- and the epic duo totally lived up to expectations, knocking it out of the park! Perry held her own next to the country legend during the medley of "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," and "Nine to Five" with vocals that complemented Parton's iconic voice perfectly.

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