Dolly Parton Receives Kennedy Center Honor

Dolly Parton was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night (Dec. 3) in Washington, D.C., with a notable list of admirers paying tribute to her in song. Kenny Rogers and Carrie Underwood teamed for “Islands in the Stream,” Alison Krauss offered “Jolene” and “My Tennessee Mountain Home” and Shania Twain sang “Coat of Many Colors” with Krauss on harmonies. In addition, Jessica Simpson performed “9 to 5″ and Vince Gill sang “I Will Always Love You.” Reba McEntire and Reese Witherspoon also spoke on behalf of Parton’s numerous accomplishments. Fellow recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year included Smokey Robinson, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta.