Parton is one of the most successful country artists of all time.
And of course, there will be a performance by the woman of the hour: the incredible Parton, who has been the star of Grammy week this year.
Parton is also that rare celebrity who's deliberately chosen not to express herself politically these days when she has the spotlight.
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Parton, whose career began with appearances at the age of 10 on radio stations in her native Tennessee, began her speech with a joke that made light of her backcountry roots. They've also performed "Jolene" together on multiple occasions, and Cyrus even performed a version of the track for her backyard sessions in 2012.
"I'm not getting into any of that", she said past year when David Wright of ABC's "Nightline" kept trying to get her to comment on today's politics.
She's in fine company: past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young. The children's literacy organization has donated more than 100 million books to kids around the world since it was founded in 1995.
The tribute to Dolly Parton was slated to be number six in the musical lineup on Sunday night, televised live on CBS News and starting at 8 p.m.