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Dolly Parton took the stage on Friday (February 8) to become the first country singer to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award, armed with jokes about hillbillies, fighting and pornography.
Comedy played a large role in a night of all-star musical performances in Los Angeles to honor the eight-time Grammy winner for her music and philanthropy.
In her speech at the 29th annual MusiCares gala, which is tied to Sunday's (February 10) Grammy Awards, Parton, 73, described entering the music business when it was a "man's world." "Buddy, I had a ball," she said to laughs.
"Because I have actually worked with so many wonderful men and I've never met a man that I didn't like and I've never met a man whose ass I couldn't kick if he didn't treat me with the right respect." Then the singer and songwriter behind the hits "9 to 5," "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" received gasps and laughs by describing her feelings at seeing the likes of Willie Nelson, Katy Perry, Mavis Staples and Garth Brooks perform her songs at the gala.
"Watching them is sort of like watching porn," Parton said.
"You're not personally involved, but you still get off on it." Parton has the freedom to joke all she wants, because her musical talent has always been taken seriously.
She has sold more than 100 million records and helped popularize country music outside the United States.
She also often succeeded at crossing over into pop music.
Parton will be honored on Sunday (February 10) with another tribute at the Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS.