Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves & More Bring Audience to Their Feet with Dolly Parton Grammys Tribute
They will always love Dolly Parton!
To make things even more special, Parton’s goddaughter Miley Cyrus also joined the group to pay tribute to the eight-time Grammy winner. Cyrus previously performed a duet of “Islands in the Stream” with Shawn Mendes at Friday’s MusiCares gala.
Musgraves, 30, and Perry, 34, kicked off the tribute with Parton’s hit “Here You Come Again.”
Moments into the song, Parton herself took the stage to join Musgraves and Perry, standing out between the two scarlet-clad singers in her sheer, spangled white dress.
Next up, Cyrus, 26, performed her well-known cover of Parton’s smash “Jolene.” As she made her grand entrance, dressed in a gold suit, her proud dad Billy Ray Cyrus and sister Noah cheered on from their seats.
Cyrus and Parton took turns singing the iconic lyrics and encouraged the audience to sing along.
“Give it up for Dolly,” Cyrus yelled out.
Morris, 28, appeared next onstage, joining Cyrus and Parton to sing “After the Gold Rush.”
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Parton then performed “Red Shoes Girl” with Little Big Town, a new song from the motion picture soundtrack to Netflix’s Dumplin‘, which tells the story of a small-town girl who turns to Parton’s music for inspiration.
Parton was then joined again by Perry, Cyrus, Musgraves, Morris and Little Big Town as they performed her hit “9 to 5.”
“Thank you, thank you everybody,” Parton said as the performance concluded.
The performance is the first time Parton has performed on the Grammy stage since 2001.
The tribute to Parton was first announced on Tuesday by the Recording Academy. Once news of the tribute performance broke, several of the stars who were on board shared their excitement on Twitter.
“*D O L L Y dream come true, fully materialized* ” wrote Morris.
“Pleased as punch to celebrate @DollyParton with @KaceyMusgraves, @MileyCyrus, @MarenMorris, and @littlebigtown. Here we come again…!” tweeted Perry.
Little Big Town added, “If you only knew how much we love @DollyParton”
The announcement came just one day after MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charity, revealed Parton was named the recipient of its annual person of the year prize. This past Friday, the singer received the award at the annual gala for her considerable creative accomplishments and her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation.
In addition, to commemorate Parton’s person of the year prize ahead of the Grammys, Apple Music teamed up with the country icon to curate a “What Would Dolly Do?” playlist on the streaming platform.
Inspired by Parton’s lasting impact on country music, the collection of songs celebrates music by women (and some supportive male artists) who have followed in the Nashville queen’s footsteps and embody her creativity and empowerment.
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“What Would Dolly Do?” includes cuts from a slew of Music City mainstays (Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire) and acclaimed newcomers (Musgraves, Morris, Kelsea Ballerini), as well as some of Parton’s genre-crossing collaborators like Sia, Elle King and Macy Gray. And even her goddaughter made the cut!
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.