Linda Perry Discusses Her Grammy Nomination & Working With Dolly Parton: Watch

February 9, 2019

Linda Perry spoke with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs on the red carpet at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala on Friday (Feb. 8) to chat about her Grammy nomination and working with Dolly Parton.

If Perry wins producer of the year at this year’s Grammy Awards, she will be the first woman to ever take home that prize. Briggs asks Perry how that feels, to which Perry notes that while it is unfortunate that it has gone so long, we can only be in the moment.

“I like to stay present,” Perry says. “So if I win, it will be a win for us all and hopefully that will be the acceptance, or the wakeup call about moving forward… People are getting awareness. We're moving a little slow in that area, but things are moving forward.”

Perry also weighs in on why she thinks so many people love the evening's honoree Parton, explaining, “Everything sounds better with her because she is such a great, genuine, loving, heartfelt, great storyteller."

“Even though you've probably never met her, you probably think you know her because of her stories,” Perry adds. “So she invites us in with her very detailed storytelling. And so that, to me, is what's amazing about her.”

Perry then recounts a story about working with Parton on the Dumplin’ soundtrack, telling Briggs that one night, Parton asked her how late she wanted to work until, and they both said they would keep working until the other one wanted to stop.

“I said, ‘Well we're gonna be here all night, then,’” Perry recalls. “That story and that moment made me laugh because we were so exactly the same. No one wanted to give in, and she is such a worker. That was a great moment.”

You can watch the full video interview with Linda Perry above.

2019 Grammy Awards