Miley Cyrus and Shawn Mendes just might be the musical duo the world needs. On Feb. 8, the two teamed up with Mark Ronson to deliver a beautiful tribute to Dolly Parton, who was being honored at the MusiCares Person Of The Year gala in Los Angeles. Cyrus and Mendes took the stage to sing Parton and Kenny Roger’s 1983 song “Islands in the Stream” while Ronson strummed along to the tune.
That night, Cyrus — who is Parton’s goddaughter — posted about the tribute on Instagram, writing, “It’s YOUR night Aunt @dollyparton! Beyond deserved!” She also sang the praises of Mendes, sharing a photo of them hanging out on the red carpet at the event. “We rely on each other uh-huh,” she wrote, referring to the lyrics of their duet.
Other performances of the night included Pink’s rendition of Parton’s 1973 hit “Jolene” as well as Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry’s recital of 1977’s “Here You Come Again.” Parton herself ended the celebration with a speech in which she thanked the performers and revealed just how much she enjoyed them. “Watching them is sort of like watching porn,” she said. “You’re not actually involved, but you still get off on it. So I really got off on this show tonight!”
We don’t blame Parton for making such a statement, either. The performances truly were incredible. We wouldn’t think to compare them to porn, but we’re also not a record-setting country music icon and songwriter. So we don’t necessarily have the same way with words. Watch Cyrus and Mendes’s heartfelt duet ahead, then check out some of the stunning photos from their set!