Dolly Parton, Ronstadt, Harris Reunite at MusiCares

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Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt helped honor their Trio partner at Dolly Parton’s MusiCares tribute on February 8, 2019

Dolly Parton was honored as the 2019 MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute concert on Friday, Feb. 8. The star-studded event included a brief on stage reunion when the beloved singer-songwriter-actress was joined by her former Trio partners, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.

“When we heard the blend of our three voices,” said Harris, “we were pretty stunned. We knew we had something special. The making of those albums was such pure joy.”

Don Henley and Vince Gill performing at the 2019 MusiCares tribute

Others who joined in the celebration singing songs from Parton’s extensive library included Don Henley and Vince Gill (“Eagle When She Flies”), Willie Nelson and Brandi Carlile (“Everything’s Beautiful [In Is Own Way]”), Norah Jones, Chris Stapleton (“9 to 5”), Mavis Staples, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, a duet featuring Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes (“Islands in the Stream”) and a duet with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves (“Here You Come Again”). The event was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Other performers included Leon Bridges, P!nk, Mark Ronson and Linda Perry. Parton closed the evening’s performances. Greg Phillinganes was the musical director.

Parton, who turned 73 on January 19, was recognized in recognition of her significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes.

In her acceptance speech, she said: “I have worked with so many wonderful men. I’ve never met a man I didn’t like and I never met a man who ass I couldn’t kick if he didn’t treat me with the right respect.”

Watch Parton’s acceptance speech

Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 29th year—provide essential support for MusiCares, a charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

Grammy Week culminates with the 61st Annual Grammy Awards® at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Watch a recap of the event

Parton was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2011. Among her biggest hits are “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Islands in the Stream” (with Kenny Rogers). She has earned 22 #1 country singles.

Related: Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris will receive a star in 2019 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their trio collaboration

Parton was the first country artist to be honored. “Of course you know us hillbillies need music care, too,” she said. “We may not have sex, drugs and rock and roll, but two out of three ain’t bad!”

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac (2018), Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty (2017), Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

Related: Our recap of Petty’s 2017 event, including his remarkable speech

The 2018 event honoring Fleetwood Mac marked the band’s final performance with Lindsey Buckingham.

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