While Taylor Swift was collecting iHeartRadio Awards last night (which some would call #iFakeAwards – like the People’s Choice Awards of music?) her rival, Katy Perry, was at the Academy of Country Music Awards as Dolly Parton’s plus one which, like, can we all agree was the better ticket? If you’re presenting Dolly Parton and performing with Dolly Parton, where else could you possibly want to be?

And maybe it was the Dolly effect because it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed Katy Perry this much. Her introduction of Dolly was full of personality but still respectful (a combination Justin Timberlake seems incapable of putting together) and, without her usual pop stylings, she sounded as good as I’ve ever heard her. I loved Katy last night. And I never love Katy. But this is the magic of Dolly, see?

As for Katy’s outfit…

I’m giving her a pass because, clearly, she dressed for the occasion and for Dolly. This is not the same as how bullsh-t she looked at the Golden Globes.