Katy Perry (L) and Kacey Musgraves (R) perform 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. 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".
Instead, she's steadfastly focused on the music and on entertainment - she's not wanted to alienate anyone.
"This is the best night", said Cyrus onstage. It's a wonderful tribute. "I stay gone a lot, so we're excited when we see each other". "I'm very humbled by it".
Dolly is also being recognised for her support of several charitable organisations, including the Imagination Library, which she founded in 1995 to support childhood literacy.
Video of Sunday's Parton tribute will be posted when it becomes available.
And when she had the stage - she completely rocked it, belting out, among other songs, her theme song from "9 to 5".
In essence, Sunday night's performance was the MusiCares banquet in miniature with many artists reprising their performances from that night, most notably Musgraves and Perry on a duet of "Here You Come Again" in outfits that were vintage Dolly. Most known for "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", and "9 to 5", she has won nine Grammys, three American Music Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, and seven Academy of Country Music Awards.
"I have a lot of fans out there and don't want to offend anybody. If you are deciding you may want to ask me something more serious, don't, because I'm not going to answer it", she told the interviewer a year ago.