SNL: Miley Cyrus covers Dolly Parton in moving Mothers Day opening tribute – USA TODAY

Miley Cyrus opened “Saturday Night Live” this week with a moving cover of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” – interspersed with the cast of “SNL” appearing side-by-side with their mothers in honor of “Mother’s Day.”

Some cast members’ interactions with their mothers proved more entertaining than others. Bowen Yang’s mom, for instance, Purell’d his face, while Aidy Bryant’s mother plugged the third season of the star’s new series, “Shrill.” For her part, Cecily Strong was just happy to see her mother at all.

Cyrus closed the act wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to her godmother, Parton, as well as her mother Trish Cyrus who appeared beside her.

Host Elon Musk brought his mother to the show, too. “I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift,” his mother said during his monologue. “I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.”

He quipped back: “It is. It sure is.”

Mother’s Day this year, like last year, inevitably will be different for the country (and the world) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though given vaccination rates across the U.S., more may have been able to watch this episode alongside their mothers after all.

Cyrus later performed “Without You” with The Kid Laroi as well as another song on her own; she also appeared in a sketch about “Mars” with Musk.

Elsewhere tonight:SNL: Elon Musk brings mom to monologue, jokes he’s giving her Dogecoin for Mother’s Day

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