Miley Cyrus steps out as Dolly Parton for this “Tonight Show” performance YouTube/The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Miley Cyrus is always mentioning how much she loves her godmother, Dolly Parton. In the past, she’s even covered some of the country legend’s biggest hits, and they wrote a song together that’s included on Miley’s new album.

But she has never dressed up like the icon before — until now.

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While appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” on Oct. 3, Miley teamed with show host Jimmy Fallon to replicate Dolly and Kenny Rogers famous 1983 Grammy Awards performance of “Islands in the Stream,” even recreating the famous duo’s costumes and hairstyles.

Jimmy, who took on the role as Kenny, walked out onstage in a black tuxedo, a white wig and thick, glued-on facial hair. After he took a stab at singing the first verse, Miley stepped out as Dolly. The “Malibu” singer not only sported a curly blonde wig embellished with crystals, but she also wore a busty black dress that looked identical to the one Dolly wore in her Grammy performance.

Miley and Jimmy continued to share vocals on the rest of song, while standing if front of a vintage stage set, as the studio audience cheered in approval.

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As for the actual Kenny and Dolly, they are expected to share the stage together one last time on Oct. 25, during Kenny’s final Nashville show called “All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration.” The show, which is expected to be broadcast at a later date from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is scheduled to include Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, and a reunion of the Judds, among other stars.


Watch Miley and Jimmy’s recreation of “Islands in the Stream” in the video above and compare it to Kenny and Dolly’s original performance here.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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