Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton

Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton performs with Linda Perry during a gala event honoring Dolly Parton as the MusiCares Person of the year, ahead of the Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 8, 2019.

Miley Cyrus took to the stage in an off-white suit with her godmother to perform "Jolene", Parton's 1973 hit that the two have dueted on in the past.

Parton is also that rare celebrity who's deliberately chosen not to express herself politically these days when she has the spotlight. Parton wrote the original song "Red Shoes" for the film, and brought it to the Grammys stage with assistance from country quartet Little Big Town. The Grammys previously paid tribute to Parton in 2011, when the legendary singer and songwriter received a Lifetime Achievement award: Keith Urban, John Mayer, and Norah Jones teamed up to perform a rendition of "Jolene".

Parton, a native of Tennessee, won her first Grammy in 1978. She thanked her "Aunt Dolly" after the performance. "Love each other and keep your vows", she said, referencing the key elements that strengthened her decades-long relationship with the 76-year-old businessman.

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On Friday night, Parton was awarded with the MusiCares Person of the Year.

"Watching them is sort of like watching porn", Parton said. She has had 41 Billboard top-10 country albums, the most for any artist, and 25 of her songs have topped the country music charts, tied with Reba McEntire for the most for a female musician. The children's literacy organization has donated more than 100 million books to kids around the world since it was founded in 1995.

Friday's gala raised 6.7 million USA dollars for MusiCares, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow told the audience.

The tribute to Dolly Parton was slated to be number six in the musical lineup on Sunday night, televised live on CBS News and starting at 8 p.m.