Don’t Worry, Netflix’s ‘Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute’ Filmed Before COVID

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There is a new filmed Dolly Parton tribute concert streaming on Netflix—Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute—but all I could think while I was watching it was: Why isn’t anyone wearing a mask?

In the 55-minute Dolly Parton concert movie that began streaming on Netflix today, performers including Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and Pink all pay tribute to the country music legend that is Dolly Parton. Parton herself performs too, and she also accepts the MusiCares Person of the Year award. But absolutely no one, from the performers on stage to those in the audience seem concerned with covering their face or standing six feet apart.

This is, unfortunately, a minor but annoying side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic—you can immediately date any in-person event. Clearly, this was filmed before the pandemic. But when exactly was the Dolly Parton tribute on Netflix filmed?

When was Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute filmed?

The Dolly Parton Netflix tribute was filmed on February 8, 2019—more than a year before the U.S. went into lockdown— so there’s no need to stress about the lack of masks and the close proximity of the audience. Believe it or not kids, back then we would go places and see people without a care in the world. Feels like another lifetime, doesn’t it?

Where was Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute filmed?

The 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year event was held and filmed at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tribute concert was the 29th annual benefit gala for MusiCares, a non-profit dedicated to providing help to musicians in need run by The Recording Academy, which is the same organization that awards the Grammys. Past recipients of the award include Paul McCartney, Carole King, Lionel Richie, and, most recently in 2020, Aerosmith.

Watching the special on Netflix was a taste of the “before times”—and a reminder that maybe, someday, we can watch celebrities get drunk in a big room together again.

Watch Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute on Netflix

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