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Here they come again.
After an introduction by Perry’s former tourmate Kacey Musgraves, the “Roar” singer, 31, presented the country vet, 70, with the Tex Ritter Award for her movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, which aired last year on NBC and was based off the singer’s childhood in the Great Smoky Mountains.
“I recently tweeted that I was but just one tiny sequin on Dolly Parton’s gown. I think I’ll say, though, maybe we’re kind of cut from the same lamé because her grandpa was a preacher, my father’s a preacher; we both grew up singin’ and playin’ guitar in church; and we’re both know for some of the biggest … songs in our fields,” the equally busty pop star said with a wink, introducing Parton.
“Now, listen: She’s written over 3,000 in her amazing career, which has translated into more than 100 million album sales world-wide. And of all of her songs, her favorite is ‘Coat of Many Colors.’ A whole new generation was introduced to that song with this past year’s TV movie of the same name, including me. One of the lines I really related to was: ‘If I can hold God’s attention, I can hold the world’s.’ And boy, did this film hold the world’s attention. It’s the highest-rated network movie in over six years, it was seen by over 16 million people and is being honored tonight … Ladies and gentlemen, my personal hero and a powerful woman, Miss Dolly Parton!”
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A humble Parton – dressed in a rainbow sequined jacket – took the stage to thank her colleagues.
“I don’t think I’m all that, but I appreciate your standing ovation. This is such a great honor, and I would like to the thank the Academy of Country Music for this award,” Parton said.
“I hope you like my coat; I had to do something to overcome all those long-legged women I’m having to work with around here! Anyway, I knew Tex Ritter, I loved him, so that makes this award twice as special to me. Of course, the song of ‘Many Colors’ represents a very special time in my life, and the fact that so many people loved it really touches my life.”
With her thank-yous said, she and Perry went on to perform a dazzling medley of some of Parton’s most iconic classics: “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene” and “9 to 5.”
The electric performance was the first time the duo have shared a stage.
And earlier in the night, the ladies shared a laugh in the audience.
Perry took to Instagram on Saturday ahead of the awards, giving her followers a sneak-peek of her flashy cowboy boots.
“GITTIN MY BOOTS BLANGED TO SANG WITH DOLLY TAHMORROW ON THE TEEVEE,” she captioned the video post.
Pals Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are hosting the show, which is airing live on CBS.