There were all kinds of triumphs at last night’s Grammy Awards, the music industry’s top honors. Alicia Keys played host—and played two pianos at the same time. Michelle Obama joined the festivities. Kacey Musgraves took home four awards. One of our heroes, Aretha Franklin, received a goosebump-making tribute.
Everybody always expects me to do a boob joke and I like to do that right up front.
But our eyes were on Dolly Parton, 73, who’s been a Grammy winner eight times, but hadn’t performed on the show in 18 years. This year marked her return to that stage, as she was honored with the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year. She performed some of her greatest hits, joined by Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus and Maren Morris. “Jolene,” “Here You Come Again,” and “Nine to Five” were among the songs, and Dolly’s voice was as gorgeous as ever and her outfits as sequined and spangled as you remembered. (PS: If her 2019 Grammys performance left you wanting more, Dolly curated a playlist that’ll scratch your itch.)
2019 Grammys: Those Two Things
When Parton accepted her award honoring her philanthropic work through her Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library program the day before the Grammys, she opened with: “All of my life I have been known for two things. Well, not them. I’ve also been known as a singer and songwriter too. Everybody always expects me to do a boob joke and I like to do that right up front.” We love her disarming sense of humor.
The other “Aging Boldly” icon who appeared on stage was Diana Ross, celebrating her 75th birthday a bit early. After being introduced by her 9-year-old grandson, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, she swept on stage in a magnificent red chiffon dress and told the crowd, “When I was a little girl, I felt the joy of singing. It made me happy, it made my parents happy, and it led to this day.” Her performance, which included “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “The Best Years of My Life,” had the crowd on their feet and singing along. Rock on!