Miley Cyrus has dubbed Parton her "fairy godmother".
Dolly Parton may be godmother to Miley Cyrus, but that’s not where the connection ends. The young pop singer has inherited a healthy amount of country twang from her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and a broad vocal range allows her to mimic her godmother with surprising ease.
Cyrus appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her new album, Younger Now, and teamed up with Fallon for a recreation of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s iconic “Islands in the Stream” duet.
Fallon was almost unrecognisable in his grey wig and beard, but it was Cyrus who turned heads as soon as she walked out. Donning a massive blonde wig and some, ahem, temporary enhancements for her décolletage, she was the spitting image of her godmother.
Parton came to Cyrus’s defence in 2014, when her goddaughter was going through a rebellious stage in her career.
“Back in the day, doing my own things my own way, and dressing sexy and showing my cleavage and all that, I got a lot of criticism. Lots of people thought I was making a mistake and that I was just trashy, which I was,” Parton said in a People article.
“So I did go through that, but I don’t give her advice. Everyone has to walk this journey according to their own rules. That’s what she’s doing.”
Check out the similarities between the performances of “Islands in the Stream” below.
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