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.

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“That’s so great,” Parton said. “I was backstage trying not to cry my fake eyelashes off.”

Clarkson previously announced the musical tribute on her talk show.

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“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”.