Willie Nelson joins in honoring Dolly Parton

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by:   Whitney Vasquez

A ton of heavy hitters in music came together to kick off Grammy weekend and celebrate the great Dolly Parton as she was honored as MusiCares’ Person of the Year.

The event, hosted by Little Big Town, took place Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center and included several performances of Parton’s iconic hits.

P!nk sang her heart out while recreating the country singer’s 1973 hit “Jolene” and Willie Nelson teamed up with Brandi Carlile for “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” a song he originally sung with Parton in 1983.

Other memorable performances included Trisha Underwood and husband Garth Brooks singing “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You.”

Parton’s goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, also jumped onstage with Mark Ronson and Shawn Mendes for “Islands in the Stream,” and Katy Perry and country singer Kacey Muscraves delivered a sassy rendition of “Here You Come Again.”

Reese Witherspoon, Orlando Bloom, Rita Wilson and even political heavyweight Nancy Pelosi were also in attendance to support Parton on her memorable night.

The one-night event raised $6.7 million for the Recording Academy’s MusiCares program to assist musicians in need.

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