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Dolly Parton Wins Emmy For Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

Published January 22, 2018 / Last Updated January 22, 2018

Global superstar Dolly Parton wins Emmy for Outstanding Affairs Program Midsouth and received Governors’ Award at 2018 ceremony

Dolly Parton wins Emmy at the 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards in the Community Service category for Smoky Mountains Rise. Dolly Parton won alongside collaborators Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling.

During the ceremony, Dolly and the Dollywood Foundation received The Governors’ Award for outstanding achievement in community service. The Board of Governors’ Award is for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments and achievements of some duration and durability. Past recipients include Ralph Emery (1991), NASA TV and Marshall Space Flight Center (2008) and Vanderbilt University News Archive (2012).

“I am so excited to receive these awards tonight, when people ask me what I want them to say about me 100 years from now, I always joke that I want them to say ‘boy, she sure does look good for her age!’ But, in all honesty, I want the work we’ve done through the Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library to stand the test of time. Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I want my music to be a part of that story, but in all honesty, my music has been a part of everything I have ever done in this business. My music has given wings to my dreams ever since I was a child, and as I sit here tonight, I am so thankful for the fans who have stood by me and supported me all of these years.” 

Congratulations to Dolly for receiving the Governors’ Award for outstanding achievement during the regional Emmys ceremony tonight! We at Dollywood are proud of all you’ve accomplished.

Posted by Dollywood on Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Dolly Parton Earns Her Spot In The Guinness World Records

Published January 18, 2018 / Last Updated January 18, 2018

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2018 Edition to feature Dolly Parton

Adding another accolade to her illustrious career, Dolly Parton earns a well-deserved spot in the record books. Featured in the pages of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2018 Edition, the singer-songwriter was recently recognized for holding records for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist.

To make it official, Guinness World Records visited Dolly in Nashville recently to present her with record title certificates and sit down for an exclusive interview. Watch the presentation and Q&A in this video.

“To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great!” Dolly said. “Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!”

Surpassing fellow country music icons, George Jones, Elvis Presley and Reba McEntire, Dolly is the only artist with Top 20 hits across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s), earning her the title of Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. Beginning with her first Top 20 entry, “Something Fishy” in 1967, she’s a credited artist on a further 73 Top 20 hits, including her most recent, a new version of her beloved 1974 title “Jolene,” featuring acapella quintet Pentatonix, which debuted at No.18 on the chart dated October 8, 2016.

The 2016 remastered version of “Jolene” was also Dolly’s 107th chart entry, solidifying her second record title for the Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist. Dolly’s first hit on this record-breaking list was her 1967 debut, “Dumb Blonde.” Of the 107 hits, 21 were achieved with former partner Porter Wagoner (1927–2007). Find Dolly in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2018 Edition, available in stores and online now.

Pictured here (left to right) are Dolly Parton and Michael Furnari, Guinness World Records adjudicator. Furnari recently presented Dolly with two Guinness World Records. Photo credit: John Shearer

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Dolly Parton Earns Emmy Nomination For Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

Published January 18, 2018 / Last Updated January 22, 2018

Global superstar wins Emmy for Outstanding Affairs Program Midsouth and set to receive Governors’ Award at 2018 ceremony

UPDATE Jan. 20 – Dolly Parton wins Emmy at the 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards in the Community Service category for Smoky Mountains Rise. Dolly Parton is nominated for a 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Award in the Community Service category for Smoky Mountains Rise, along with collaborators Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling.

During the ceremony, Dolly and the Dollywood Foundation will receive The Governors’ Award for outstanding achievement in community service. The Board of Governors’ Award is for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments and achievements of some duration and durability. Past recipients include Ralph Emery (1991), NASA TV and Marshall Space Flight Center (2008) and Vanderbilt University News Archive (2012).

The event will be streamed live Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 pm Central Time from Nashville’s Music City Center.

Watch 32nd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Livestream

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RIAA Certifies Multiple Dolly Parton Singles

Published January 18, 2018 / Last Updated January 18, 2018

Dolly Parton’s biggest RCA hits continue to sell and stream in digital age as RIAA certifies multiple singles

Dolly Parton was recently surprised with the news of four Recording Industry Association certification awards upgrades.

She was presented with plaques in recognition of the RIAA Gold certification of her recording of “I Will Always Love You” (RCA) with over 500,000 digital sales and streams, Gold certification of “Jolene” (RCA) with over 500,000 digital sales and streams and Platinum certification of “9 To 5” (RCA) which has amassed over one million digital sales and streams. Of special note, the song “9 To 5,” written by Dolly, has taken on heightened awareness as the music bed to a new “Northwestern Mutual” national television commercial.

“What a fantastic way to start off a new year,” says an enthusiastic Dolly, “By being honored by the Emmys, RIAA and Guinness World Records folks! I am so flattered and proud!”

As the sole songwriter of “I Will Always Love You,” as recorded by Whitney Houston on “The Bodyguard” film soundtrack (Legacy/Arista), Dolly received a fourth plaque commemorating Triple-Platinum certification for over three million digital sales and streams of the smash hit.

Pictured here as Dolly Parton was surprised with a Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” RIAA 3 Times Platinum plaque (left to right) are: Danny Nozell, CTK Management; Parton; and John Zarling, EVP, Marketing & New Business. Photo credit: John Shearer

Pictured at top as Dolly Parton was surprised with 3 RIAA certification plaques (left to right) are: Greg Linn, SVP, Marketing & Content, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music; Parton; John Jackson, SVP, A&R, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music; and John Zarling, EVP, Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville.

Photo credit: John Shearer

Dolly’s latest project “I Believe In You,” her first-ever children’s album, released last fall on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville. All 14 tracks on the new album were written and performed by Dolly Parton for kids and those young at heart. “I Believe In You” Available Here

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Dollywood Entertainment Auditions Set For 2018 Season

Published December 20, 2017 / Last Updated December 21, 2017

Audition dates announced for Dollywood’s 2018 season.

Fresh off earning its ninth-consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Shows, Dollywood’s Entertainment Team is hitting the road in early 2018 to conduct auditions throughout the Southeast in search of new talent for the park’s world-class shows and productions.

Auditions currently are scheduled in Birmingham, Alabama (Jan. 6), at Dollywood (Jan. 20), and in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Jan. 27). These auditions give performers an opportunity to showcase their abilities for members of Dollywood’s award-winning entertainment team.

2018 Dollywood Entertainment Audition Schedule

Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, Jan. 6
Virginia Samford Theatre
1116 26th St South Birmingham, AL
*Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Saturday, Jan. 20
Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN
*Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 27
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East St. John Street Spartanburg, SC
*Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Auditions at all locations are from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Performers must be at least 17 years old.

“There is no doubt about it, Dollywood is known for producing high-level entertainment every single season,” said Paige Bales, Dollywood Entertainment Director. “While it can be a challenge to maintain this high standard it is one we take great pride in doing. The talent we discover at our auditions is the most crucial aspect of helping us achieve the highest level. We’re so proud of the careers that have started here at Dollywood and we’re ready to help more great performers begin the journey to finding their dreams.”

During the open call auditions, Dollywood Entertainment is looking for singers with experience in country, musical theater or pop. The auditions are only for singers and singers who move.

Many well-known performers started their careers in Dollywood’s shows and productions. Country music stars Suzy Bogguss and Carly Pearce, American Idol alumnus Janelle Arthur, and Eric Martsolf, Brady Black on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, are just a few of the stars who have launched from the stages of Dollywood.

Winner of nine Golden Ticket Awards for Best Shows, Dollywood Entertainment provides the perfect venue for performers and technicians to share their skills.

See Dollywood Audition Details and Requirements

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