Country music legend Dolly Parton rocked the NFL halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys-Washing Commanders game on Thanksgiving (23 November), performing in a Cowboys’ cheerleader outfit.
Performing two of her hits, Jolene and 9 To 5, as well as two songs from her recently released Rockstar album – We Will Rock You, and We Are The Champions by Queen – Parton proved that even at 77 years old, you can wear a cheerleader-inspired get-up and bring the house down.
“Hello, Texas! Dolly does Dallas. How do you like my outfit?” Parton told the enthusiastic audience at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, per Billboard. “Hey, Cowboys and Commanders, stop fightin’ long enough to sing along!” You can watch her performance below.
Since videos and images of her performance surfaced online, some users on social media have criticised Parton’s outfit, with many of her fans coming to her defence, writing that “Dolly Parton looks better at 77 than I have in my entire life”.
Another fan commented, “Some people are slinging insults at Dolly because she’s 77 years old and doesn’t act like an old lady.” Praising her unapologetic nature, a fan added, “Dolly Parton is 77 and wearing whatever the hell she wants. I love her”.
Parton made her new album, Rockstar, after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last November. At the time, it was an honour she didn’t feel she deserved.
“Since I am in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I think [with] this album, I brought so many great artists back into this album that are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that deserve to be,” Parton explained in a recent The Music cover story interview.
She added, “I felt like I had to not only earn my keep, I tried to pay homage to a lot of these great artists that should be in there that are not and to the ones that are that I've gotten the opportunity to sing with.”