Dolly Parton at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert
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7 Things We Learned About Dolly Parton at MusiCares Person Of The Year Celebration
Last night Miley Cyrus, Pink, Leon Bridges, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, and Yolanda Adams were among the artists who gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center to pay tribute to the only person that could bring together such a diverse caliber of stars: Dolly Parton.
The country music queen is 2019's MusiCares Person Of The Year, and the star-studded event included performances of her hits and an auction to raise money for MusiCares. Although the exclusive event was not broadcasted, we have seven fun facts we learned about Parton and the artists that paid tribute to her, besides the fact that there's only one Dolly!
1. Dolly Is The First Country Music Star To Be Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year
MusiCares has honored the likes of Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen, but Parton, who says she has written roughly 3,000 songs throughout her career, is the first country star to be honored with the award. "I truly am honored to be the MusiCares Person Of The Year and the first country artist to be honored," she said. "I can truly feel the love in this house tonight ... it's a long long way from hills of East Tennessee to the Hollywood Hills, but it has been a wonderful journey."
2. Little Big Town Loves Dolly
GRAMMY-winners Little Big Town played hosts last night, but that didn't stop them from sharing just how much they love the queen of country. Band member Philip Sweet shared that he dressed up as Parton one Halloween as a kid, blonde wig and all. "I mean, I look fabulous," he said as the image was shared on screen. "Wait a minute, ya'll, I named my baby after Dolly Parton," Kimberly Schlapman, said right after. While it's clear LBT loves Dolly, Schlapman might take the cake with that one.
3. Kacey Musgraves And Katy Perry Killed Their Dolly-Inspired Costumes
Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves at 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Dolly Parton
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Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry reunited on stage to perform Parton's hit "Here You Come Again," and while their cover was a fabulous rendition, their outfits alone are shout-out worthy. Perry rocked a lavender fringe outfit with a cowboy hat and cape, while Musgraves had major Parton vibes going on with big hair and sparkley hoops.
4. Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks Did A Super Cute Duet
Ok, we know Yearwood and Brooks are adorable together, but their romantic cover of "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)" had the whole crowd in their feelings, including Pink, who felt so moved she let her fans on Instagram in on it. "That man could teach every other man alive how to love a woman. I’ve never seen anyone look at each other the way these two do," she posted.
5. Parton's Production Company Has Produced Major Shows
Parton owns several businesses, including her theme park Dollywood, and you may know that she owns a production company named Sandollar Productions. But did you know her production company produced Buffy The Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar? It's just one of the hit pop culture shows we can thank her for.
6. Everyone Rocked Their Rendition Of Dolly's Hits
Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Jon Batiste perform at the 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year honoring Dolly Parton
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
From Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson and Shawn Mendes' performance of "Islands In The Stream" and Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste's take on "Not Enough" to Pink's version of "Jolene" and Yolanda Adam's take on "I Will Always Love You," all the tribute performances were Dolly-worthy. Another special moment included a reunion between Linda Rondstadt, who has been living with Parkinson's disease, Emmylou Harris and Parton, who collabed on songs like "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind," which was covered by Jennifer Nettles, Margo Price and Cam.
7. Dolly's Got Heart
Parton was being honored not only for her remarkable artistic contributions, but for her generous philanthropic work as well. Parton has supported a host of causes, including the fine work MusiCares does to support music people in times of need. You can make a donation in the name of Parton with MusiCare's Facebook fundraiser. Click the post above for more info.