WATCH: Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton Team Up For Epic New Year’s Eve Duets: ‘Wrecking Ball,’ ‘Jolene,’ ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ & More

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton helped millions ring in the New Year when they served as co-hosts of Miley’s New…

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 1, 2023

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Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus; Photo by: Vijat Mohindra/NBC

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton helped millions ring in the New Year when they served as co-hosts of Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party on NBC. The pair kicked off the show with a bang when they covered the Joan Jett And The Blackhearts classic, “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” and continued to thrill fans with a number of duets throughout the show. 

Live from Miami, Florida, the pair rang in the new year together on the two-hour special, which welcomed several surprise guests, including Paris Hilton and David Byrne, in addition to the already star-studded lineup.

MIley Cyrus, Dolly Parton; Photo by Vijat Mohindra, NBC
MIley Cyrus, Dolly Parton; Photo by Vijat Mohindra, NBC

Cyrus and Parton had jaws dropping with five duets and several Saturday Night Live-style skits during the special. 

Joan Jett And The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”

Cyrus and Parton shocked viewers when they strutted onto the stage, wearing all black and leopard ensembles, to kick off the show as they belted out the lyrics to the iconic Joan Jett hit. 

The 30-year-old “Plastic Hearts” singer and Parton, 76, traded verses of the track before flawlessly pairing their vocals together on the chorus. 

“I love rock n’ roll / So put another dime in the jukebox, baby / I love rock n’ roll / So come and take your time and dance with me / Ow,” Cyrus and Parton sang on the chorus.

The performance comes just weeks after Parton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, so what a better way to celebrate her induction and their mutual love for rock ‘n roll.

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Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”

Cyrus was later joined by her “fairy Godmother” to perform “Wrecking Ball.” The pair prompted a massive sing-along with their performance of Cyrus’ 2013 hit just minutes before midnight, when the co-hosts rang in the New Year together.

Parton, wearing a white gown with vertical sheer cutouts and pearls, took to center stage with Cyrus, who sported a floor-length black gown, for a show-stopping performance.   

The international superstars flawlessly combined the two songs together blending lyrics from Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” to perfectly transition into Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

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Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Jolene”

Cyrus and Parton tipped their hats to their Tennessee roots with a cover of “Walkin’ After Midnight.” 

“Honoring Patsy Cline and Nashville,” Parton exclaimed from the stage prior to their performance. 

Backed by a live band, including a horn section, the artists harmonized throughout the tune, which became Cline’s first major hit in 1957.

Following a roaring applause, Cyrus and Parton sent fans into a frenzy with an energy-filled performance of one of Parton’s signature hits, “Jolene.” 

They stunned in coordinating pink and black ensembles throughout both performances.  

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Skits 

Cyrus and Parton also offered several skits throughout the special, including a countdown to midnight, Cyrus giving Parton a makeup makeover, and more. The iconic hitmakers also delivered a hilarious skit alongside Saturday Night Live actresses Chloe Fineman and Sarah Sherman as well as shared their New Year’s resolutions and their plans for 2023.

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Co-hosted by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton, Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party aired on live on NBC from Miami, Florida on Saturday (Dec. 31) from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET and will also stream live on Peacock.

This year’s edition of Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party marked the second consecutive year of the New Year’s Eve special.

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party also featured an A-list lineup of musical performances and special guests, including Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Latto, Liily, FLETCHER, Rae Sremmurd, and SIA.

Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus; Photo by: Vijat Mohindra/NBC
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus; Photo by: Vijat Mohindra/NBC

In addition to an epic lineup of performances, Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) Chloe Fineman and Sarah Sherman as well as comedy trio Please Don’t Destroy also made appearances.

“The lineup is very me. It is curated in a way that makes no sense, but makes total sense,” Cyrus previously explained of the lineup during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Last year, Cyrus co-hosted her New Year’s Eve Party alongside Pete Davidson. The 2021/2022 installment of the show, which drew in over 6.3 million viewers and was the No. 1 trending New Year’s Eve special on Twitter, featured performances from Jack Harlow, Billie Joe Armstrong, Brandi Carlile, Saweetie, Noah Cyrus, Anitta, 24kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h, and more.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.