WATCH: Dolly Parton and Lainey Wilson Deliver Heavenly 'I Will Always Love You' Duet
2024/02/22

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Dolly Parton and Lainey Wilson lit up the stage and the small screen during Dolly Parton's Pet Gala, a two-hour television special that was taped in Nashville and aired on Wednesday night (Feb. 21). Among the standout performances of the evening was Parton and Wilson's rendition of Parton's timeless classic "I Will Always Love You," with Wilson leading the way on the first verse. Parton watched in awe as Wilson flawlessly delivered her big hit, before joining in with harmonious vocals during the chorus. Both artists donned sparkling white and silver attire, perfectly complementing the ethereal feel of "I Will Always Love You": Parton in a gold-embellished pantsuit and Wilson in sequins, fringe, and her trademark wide-brimmed cowboy hat.

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Parton and Wilson's collaboration was just one of the many unforgettable moments from Dolly Parton's Pet Gala, an event that showcased dogs and Parton's pet clothing line, Doggy Parton. The show featured an adorable fashion show starring four-legged models strutting their stuff in items from Parton's collection. Additionally, Parton shared the stage with Carly Pearce for a duet, performing another iconic hit, "9 to 5." Chris Janson also made an appearance, performing alongside his dog Willie, a bloodhound, with a rendition of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog."

The evening kicked off with a special treat from Parton's discography as she performed "Puppy Love," the first song she ever recorded at the age of 11.

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Originally released in 1959, "Puppy Love" is a rare gem that Parton seldom performs, but the dog-themed gala provided the perfect opportunity for her to revive and reimagine the song for a live audience.

Dolly Parton's Pet Gala aired on CBS, with fans who subscribe to Paramount+ with Showtime having the option to stream the special on demand. The star-studded event celebrated not only the love for pets but also showcased the enduring talent of Dolly Parton, a true legend in the world of country music and entertainment.

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