Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes sincerely performed “Islands in the Steam” on Netflix’s Dolly Parton tribute special.
Netflix is out Dolly Parton: a tribute to MusiCares Wednesday (April 7), giving fans a chance to relive the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year concert, which honored the country music legend. The film also looks back on Parton’s life and career, recounting the moments that made her the name she is today.
The tribute was hosted by country group Little Big Town and featured star-studded performances by Katy Perry, Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, Yolanda Adams and even Saint Dolly herself.
But arguably the most heartwarming performance came from Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes with Mark Ronson on guitar. The trio kicked off the concert with a duet of Dolly and Kenny Loggins’ 1982 classic “Islands in the Stream”. Cyrus even greeted the “9 to 5” singer who was seated in the crowd.
Country legend and Miley Cyrus have a very close relationship. Parton said Hello america in 2009, that she has known Cyrus since she was a baby because her father – Billy Ray Cyrus – is a “close friend”. Parton revealed that she was technically an “honorary godmother” of the singer-actor and that she treated Cyrus as if she was his own daughter.
“When she was born he [Billy Ray Cyrus] said, “You just gotta be his godmother,” and I said, “I accept,” ”Parton said. “We’ve never had a big ceremony, but I’m so proud of her, I love her and she’s like one of mine.”
Dolly Parton: a tribute to MusiCares was recorded just before the Grammy Awards in February 2019, when Parton became the first country music artist to receive the title of Person of the Year. Past recipients included Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Carole King.
The rolling stone reported that the Dolly Parton event raised more than $ 6.7 million for MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s organization that helps musicians and their families with urgent health needs.