ACM Awards 2023: Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton open the show ... with a goat?

The 58th annual ACM Awards started with a goat.

No, not the GOAT — as in greatest of all time. An actual farm animal took the stage with co-hosts Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks during the odd couple's opening monologue.

As Brooks introduced his co-host as one of the greatest country singers to ever write a tune, Parton popped on stage with a pink wheel-barrow and "Clare," a brown-and-white goat.

"I'm sorry, that was such a ba-a-a-a-a-d joke," Parton said. She continued, "This is Garth's very first time ever hosting an award show. You know what they say, you never forget your first time."

Parton proceeded to make Brooks blush with a handful of bedroom punchlines and goat puns.

"I just had a thought, I know why you're doing that GOAT thing. I think that stands for Garth Organize A Threesome," Parton jested , noting a mutual appreciation for Brooks' wife and country singer Trisha Yearwood.

With a laugh, Brooks replied, "I thought I couldn't love you any more."

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Parton followed the joke by sending an on-stage "thank you" to Yearwood for letting Brooks join her in co-hosting.

"She did say I could love you and hung on ya, which is easy to do because he's so sweet," Parton said.

The ACM Awards returned Thursday for an encore year on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video. The show kicked off at 7 p.m. CST in Frisco, Texas.

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