Dolly Parton Tribute At The CMAs Was One For The Books [VIDEO]
Dolly Parton was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 50th Annual Country Music Awards by several big name female artists.
On Wednesday night, the 70-year-old legendary singer was moved to tears as singers like Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood took the stage to perform some of her biggest hits and recognize her lifetime of work in country music. (RELATED: Dolly Parton Weighs In On ‘Bathroom Bill’)
Pentatonix and Jennifer Nettles kicked things off by singing Parton’s hit “Jolie” followed by Reba McEntire doing “9 to 5.” Kacey Musgrave nailed one of her earliest hits “Here you come again” and then Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood brought the fireworks with their performance of “I will always love you” with all the rest of the ladies on stage joining in.
Parton told the ladies she loved them all before taking the stage and accepting the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. (RELATED: Dolly Parton Is Back On Top After 25 Years [VIDEO])
“I would cry but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes,” Parton said after thanking everyone for the performance in her honor. “Of course now for me to be receiving the Willie Nelson award, this is an absolute high for me.” A statement which sparked laughter from the crowd.
At the after awards press conference Parton made it clear she might be getting a lifetime award but don’t expect her to stop working or leaving country music.
“It is an honor and it makes me feel good and it makes me feel like I have might have done something to further this business,” Parton said. “I hope they don’t think because they gave me a lifetime achievement award that they thought I was done. No way that’s going to happen.”
“I feel like I am still part of things and it makes me proud and it makes me want to do more things,” she added. “I’d be singing in a bar if I hadn’t made it.”