A star-studded tribute concert to the iconic Dolly Parton is coming to Netflix next month, when Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute premieres April 7.
Filmed in 2019 when The Recording Academy named Parton their MusiCares Person of the Year, the glitzy show found Parton being honored in song for a lifetime of charitable greatness. MusiCares is an organization dedicated to supporting those in the music industry who fall on hard times, and Parton has given back in countless ways over the years — most recently helping create the Modern COVID-19 vaccine with a generous $1 million donation. So it’s fitting that she became the first country artist in history to receive the honor.
With that in mind, some of Parton’s talented friends turned out to a ceremony which took place just before that year’s Grammy Awards (also run by The Recording Academy), and Netflix subscribers can relive the magic.
Little Big Town hosted the classy fundraiser — which reportedly cost more than $1,000 per ticket to attend — and a wide range of musical stars took the stage for spirited Dolly covers. Chris Stapleton, for example, did a rollicking version of her classic, “9 to 5,” and other performers included Katy Perry, Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes and Parton herself. It helps show how broad Parton’s impact on music has been, and she calls it a humbling experience.
“I am so happy that Netflix is going to be showing the MusiCares tribute to me,” Parton explained. “MusiCares has done so much for the people in this industry and continues to be a beacon of light for those in need. I am so proud and impressed with all of the great artists. It was such a joy and a humbling experience to be able to sit and watch all of the great artists singing songs that I had written or had been a part of. I am so thankful to the Grammys and the people that worked so hard to put this together, and I hope that you enjoy watching it as much as I did.”
Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute premieres April 7 on Netflix. Parton was just honored by The Recording in another way as well, taking home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “There Was Jesus” with Zach Williams.