WATCH: Dolly Parton’s FULL Thanksgiving Halftime Performance

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On Thanksgiving Day, Dolly Parton took the stage during an NFL game, dazzling the audience in a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit.

The Dallas Cowboys emerged victorious over the Washington Commanders with a commanding score of 45-10. However, for many, the standout winner of the evening was none other than Dolly Parton, who graced the halftime show with a sensational performance.

Dolly Parton performs during halftime in the game between the Washington Commanders and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2023, in Arlington, Texas.(Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
Dolly Parton performs during halftime in the game between the Washington Commanders and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Dolly, at the age of 77, captivated millions as she took the stage donning the iconic Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit. She performed a few of her classics like “Jolene” and “9 to 5,” before seamlessly transitioning into her cover performances of Queen’s, “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.”

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Dolly Parton performs during the halftime show during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Commanders on November 23, 2023 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Dolly Parton Hits Career Chart Peak with Rockstar Album & Makes Double Play With Vols: Halftime Show And “Rocky Top” Edition Release

Dolly included both her Queen covers in her recently launched album, Rockstar, which has now achieved the highest chart position in her illustrious career.

During the week prior to her iconic halftime performance, Dolly was escorted by Peyton Manning onto the field in Knoxville, Tennessee, after the first quarter of the Volunteers vs Bulldogs game. Her appearance came just one day after she released her highly anticipated rock album, Rockstar.

Dolly actually released a “Vols Edition” of the album, which includes a live performance of “Rocky Top.”


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Ahead of her performance for the Red Kettle Kickoff, Dolly Parton announced that she would be generously donating $1 million to the Salvation Army.

This year marks the 27th edition of the Red Kettle Kickoff, and in anticipation of her performance on Thanksgiving Day, Dolly made the generous announcement that she would be contributing $1 million to support the Salvation Army.

“The love and the giving is what it should be about.”


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Dolly’s Sister Comes To Her Defense Amid Criticism Of Her Halftime Performance

While Dolly’s halftime performance and attire garnered admiration from many, there was some criticism. The majority of the negative feedback centered around the belief that Dolly’s outfit was overly revealing, particularly considering her age in the 70s.

Responding to these critics on X (formerly Twitter), Dolly’s sister, Stella Parton, strongly defended her older sibling, stating:

“I personally thought my big sister Dolly was cute as hell in her Dallas Cowboys cheerleading costume at the half time show on Thanksgiving. To those of you being so critical of a 77 year old kicking up her heels, I say f— yourself. Shame on you not her.”

We sure thought Dolly killed it during the show! Watch her FULL halftime performance below.

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