Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to Dolly Parton at the 2022 ACM Awards as only she could.
Dressed in a black velvet gown, Clarkson performed the Parton-penned song “I Will Always Love You”, made famous by Whitney Houston.
“That’s so great,” Parton said. “I was backstage trying not to cry my fake eyelashes off.”
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) March 8, 2022
Clarkson previously announced the musical tribute on her talk show.
“I’m sure Dolly and I will have a lot to talk about when she’s a guest on the show in a few weeks,” she said. “I love her so much. We actually got to recut her song ‘9 to 5′. It’s a blessing to get to sing with such a pioneer of a woman.”
Clarkson and Parton teamed up for a new version of “9 to 5” for the upcoming Parton documentary “Still Working”.