Miley Cyrus, Reese Witherspoon and More Honor Dolly Parton at MusiCares Gala
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The 73-year-old iconic country star was the guest of honor at the 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. The annual gala takes place before the Grammy Awards. This year’s ceremony is on Sunday.
At the MusiCares gala, Cyrus introduced Parton to the crowd, saying, “She’s not just my fairy godmother, she’s everyone’s.”
“Now, I want to thank all of you for this wonderful night,” Parton said in a speech. “I truly am honored to be MusiCares person of the year, and the first country artist to be honored. Of course you know us Hillbillies, we need things too. We may not have had the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, but two out of three ain’t bad tonight. Right, Billy Ray Cyrus?”
She joked, “I just hope I live long enough to get the Betty White longevity award. But seriously, this has been a great honor.”
Parton performed her 1971 song “Coat of Many Colors” with friend and musician Linda Perry.
“Hi y’all!” Cyrus said to the crowd. “This is the best night ever—you get to listen to Dolly Parton songs the whole night.”
Reese Witherspoon took to the stage to thank Parton, saying she is her idol and inspiration.
“We love you Dolly!” Perry said. “We want to be just like you when we grow up.”
Little Big Town also took the stage to pay tribute to Parton, joking about how they were all fighting about how much they worship and love her, and showing a baby photo of Phillip Sweet dressed as the singer for Halloween. Kimberly Schlapman showed a photo of her second daughter, named after Parton, in the singer’s arms.
Willie Nelson also honored Parton, saying onstage, “We love you, Doll.”
A tribute video to Parton was also shown and showed footage of the singer from years past, as well as a clip of the late Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard, whose soundtrack features her hit cover of Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” The crowd cheered loudly as it was screened.
Yolanda Adams performed the song at the event.
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