LOS ANGELES — Grammys 2019 performers Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus were two of the many artists who took the stage together at Friday’s MusiCares Person of the Year concert which honored Cyrus’ godmother, Dolly Parton.
A highlight of the night was Mendes and Cyrus duetting on “Islands in the Stream,” their take on Parton’s beloved song with Kenny Rogers, accompanied by Mark Ronson on guitar.
Cyrus also took the stage to honor Parton in the night’s final speech, saying that Parton taught her to “never judge a book by its cover, or by its huge boobs and big hair.”
“I’ll never forget running into (Parton), my fairy godmother, backstage,” Cyrus recalled. “And she came up and took my hand and said, ‘Miley, how’d you grow up to be so…’ And I was waiting for her to say ‘well-rounded,’ or ‘level-headed.’ And then she said, ‘flat-chested.'”
The night’s other group performances included Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves’ take on “Here You Come Again,” Willie Nelson and Brandi Carlile doing “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right,” and the dynamite trio of Jennifer Nettles, Margo Price and Cam performing “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind.”
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The event, which featured Parton covers performed by Vince Gill, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Pink, Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Linda Perry and Mendes, also raised over $6 million for MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s organization that provides resources and counseling to musicians in need.
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