Dolly Parton, eight-time GRAMMY victor and 2019's MusiCares Person of the Year, hit the stage at Sunday's 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards to perform music from the 2018 Netflix film Dumplin' as well as a medley of her iconic hits.
Amid a bevy of women whose careers she influenced, Dolly Parton demonstrated that she's still got a few more lessons to teach, whether investing her classic "Jolene" with mountain-soul heart-ache, bringing stripped-down poignancy to Neil Young's "After the Goldrush", or elevating her recent song "Red Shoes" to the gospel heavens.
Parton, a native of Tennessee, won her first Grammy in 1978. Among her biggest hits are "Jolene", "9 to 5", "I Will Always Love You" and "Islands in the Stream" (with Kenny Rogers). The two are also set to perform during the Grammys on Sunday.
Parton has sold more than 100 million records and helped popularize country music outside the United States, often succeeding in crossing over into pop music.
"After all these years I'm still at, and people act like I'm still important", said Parton with her typical humility on the red carpet ahead of the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, this year held in Los Angeles.
Friday's gala raised 6.7 million USA dollars for MusiCares, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow told the audience.
They then pretty much confirmed they were working on a Dolly tribute when they uploaded a picture together wearing matching Dolly Parton leather jackets.