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The 73-year-old iconic nation star was the visitor of honor on the 2019 MusiCares Individual Of The 12 months gala on the Los Angeles Conference Middle in Los Angeles. The annual gala takes place earlier than the Grammy Awards. This 12 months’s ceremony is on Sunday.
On the MusiCares gala, Cyrus launched Parton to the gang, saying, “She’s not simply my fairy godmother, she’s everybody’s.”
“Now, I wish to thank all of you for this excellent evening,” Parton mentioned in a speech. “I really am honored to be MusiCares individual of the 12 months, and the primary nation artist to be honored. After all you already know us Hillbillies, we want issues too. We might not have had the intercourse, medication and rock n’ roll, however two out of three ain’t dangerous tonight. Proper, Billy Ray Cyrus?”
“I’ve been in music for a very long time, however it has been in me so much longer,” she mentioned. “I used to face, stand out on the porch. Mega Mellow Tennessee mountain house. I used to place a tobacco stick down within the crack within the ground, put a tin can on prime of it and faux like I am singing on Grand Previous Opry course onstage with the chickens and the geese and the pigs and the little children…however it was my dream and it is a lengthy, great distance from the hills of east Tennessee, the Hollywood Hills. Nevertheless it has been an exquisite journey.”
She joked, “I simply hope I reside lengthy sufficient to get the Betty White longevity award. However severely, this has been an ideal honor.”
Parton carried out her 1971 music “Coat of Many Colours” with buddy and musician Linda Perry.
Cyrus, Shawn Mendes and Mark Ronson carried out “Islands within the Stream,” Parton’s 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers.
“Hello y’all!” Cyrus mentioned to the gang. “That is the perfect evening ever—you get to hearken to Dolly Parton songs the entire evening.”
Reese Witherspoon took to the stage to thank Parton, saying she is her idol and inspiration.
Sporting an elegant black go well with adorned with rhinestones, Pink carried out Parton’s hit 1973 single “Jolene.”
“We love you Dolly!” Perry mentioned. “We wish to be similar to you once we develop up.”
Little Large City additionally took the stage to pay tribute to Parton, joking about how they have been all combating about how a lot they worship and love her, and displaying a child photograph of Phillip Candy dressed as the singer for Halloween. Kimberly Schlapman confirmed a photograph of her second daughter, named after Parton, within the singer’s arms.
Willie Nelson additionally honored Parton, saying onstage, “We love you, Doll.”
A tribute video to Parton was additionally proven and confirmed footage of the singer from years previous, in addition to a clip of the late Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard, whose soundtrack options her hit cowl of Parton’s “I Will At all times Love You.” The gang cheered loudly because it was screened.
Yolanda Adams carried out the music on the occasion.
On the 2019 Grammys on Sunday, Parton will carry out a medley of her songs with Cyrus and different artists.
Watch E! this Sunday beginning at four p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT for our Stay From the Pink Carpet 2019 Grammy Awards protection! After the ceremony, tune in to E!’s After Social gathering: The 2019 Grammy Awards particular at 11:30 p.m. And do not miss E! Information on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. for a recap of music’s largest evening.
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