Stars gather in LA for Grammys tribute to country legend Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton performs with Linda Perry during a gala event honoring Dolly Parton as the Musi Cares person of the year in Los Angeles

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The star-studded fundraiser for MusiCares, the signature health and human services charity founded by the Recording Academy™, takes place each year ahead of the Grammy Awards and is one of the most highly anticipated concert events surrounding the celebratory week and weekend. Parton, 73, is the first country artist to receive the honor, a year after Fleetwood Mac became the first group honored.

As we warm up this weekend's Grammy awards host of stars from across the world of music have gathered to pay tribute to eight-item Grammy victor Dolly Parton. "Because I have actually worked with so many wonderful men and I've never met a man that I didn't like and I've never met a man whose ass I couldn't kick if he didn't treat me with the right respect".

Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Katy Perry teamed for a musical tribute to the country icon that saw them trading off songs from her decades-long catalog of hits.

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"This is the best night", said Cyrus onstage.

She added, "I'm just looking forward to listening to all her songs tonight and not having to listen to anything else".

Cyrus' father, Billy Ray Cyrus, is longtime friends with Parton and named the "Jolene" singer his daughter's godmother.

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Cyrus will also play a major role in the Parton tribute during the main Grammys broadcast. During the opening with Musgraves and Perry, Parton joined the duo to sing her hit, "Here You Come Again".

Parton, whose career began with appearances at the age of 10 on radio stations in her native Tennessee, began her speech with a joke that made light of her backcountry roots.

"I truly am honored to be the MusiCares Person Of The Year and the first country artist to be honored", Parton said Friday.

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While it was already announced that both Cyrus and Mendes would be performing at this year's GRAMMY Awards, the news of them collaborating for a performance lit up the internet.

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