There’s no other artist quite like Dolly Parton. The beloved country legend was honored with a star-studded medley during this year’s CMA Awards.
It all kicked off with Jennifer Nettles, who teamed up with a cappella group Pentatonix for a stripped down version of her signature hit, “Jolene.” Nettles was a natural choice for the tribute, as she was hand-selected to play Parton’s mother in last year’s television movie, Coat of Many Colors.
Reba McEntire also took the stage for a short and slightly flubbed version of “9 to 5.” She was quickly followed by Kacey Musgraves, who supplied a sweet rendition of Parton’s 1977 single, “Here You Come Again.”
Things came to a triumphant close with a massive sing-along version of “I Will Always Love You.” Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride joined Nettles, McEntire and Musgraves for a fitting send off.
Following the performance, Parton was presented the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by her longtime friend and 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin. “This is every little girl’s dream come true,” she excitedly told the crowd.
It’s been a landmark year for Parton. She retuned with a brand new album, Pure & Simple, and her largest national tour in over 25 years.
Later this year, NBC will air Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. The film is a holiday-themed sequel to last year’s record-breaking television movie, Coat of Many Colors.