The stars came through to honor the one and only Dolly Parton Wednesday night.
Before the country music icon appeared on stage at the 2016 CMA Awards to accept her trophy for the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, Dolly was treated to a star-studded tribute that included more than a few thoughtful words from close friend Lily Tomlin.
"I go way back with the great Dolly Parton. While we were working on 9 to 5, she was working 24/7 on becoming one of America's best singer/songwriters," she explained. "And as Dolly's adoring fan and loving friend, I know why tonight Dolly is receiving the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award."
She continued, "For being an iconic artist in country music, Dolly is country music, pure and simple…Dolly really is a force of nature and one of the greatest artists in the history of country music."
What came next was a list of familiar faces and voices to sing classic hits from the singer. Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix kicked things off with a rendition of "Jolene."