Dolly Parton was celebrated this weekend as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, with some big name stars coming out to pay tribute to the legend by performing some of Dolly’s biggest hits.
Among the night’s performances: Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes teamed on “Islands in the Stream,” Chris Stapleton performed “Nine to Five,” Pink performed “Jolene,” Brandi Carlile and Willie Nelson collaborated on “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves shared the stage for “Here You Come Again,” Don Henley and Vince Gill harmonized on “Eagle When She Flies,” Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed the acoustic number “Old Flames (Don’t Hold a Candle to You)” and Yolanda Adams channeled her best Whitney Houston for “I Will Always Love You.”
The night also featured a reunion of the “Trio” team of Dolly, Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, although they didn’t perform. It was, however, a rare public appearance by Linda, who stopped singing due to her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Their album “Trio” was represented though, with Cam, Jennifer Nettles and Margo Price performing “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” and the night’s hosts Little Big Town performing an impromptu version of “Those Memories of You.”
Dolly also performed herself, treating the crowd to her classic “Coat of Many Colors,” which she performed with Linda Perry. And when it came time to accept her honor she had the star-studded audience in stiches.
“It’s been such a thrill for me tonight to see all these great artists that are singing songs that I’ve written or been a part of,” she said. “Watching them is sort of like watching porn. You’re not personally involved, but you still get off on it. So I really got off on this show tonight. Hey, at my age, you’ll take anything you can get. But seriously…”
She also talked about being the first country artist to receive the honor, noting, “Of course you know us hillbillies need music care too. We may not have sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, but two out of three ain’t bad.”