Awards & Milestones

Dolly Parton & Zach Williams Win GRAMMY With “There Was Jesus”

Published March 15, 2021 / Last Updated March 15, 2021
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Dolly Parton and Zach Williams win the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their collaboration on, “There Was Jesus.”

Last night at the 63rd GRAMMY® Awards, Zach Williams and Dolly Parton won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song award for their number 1 hit, “There Was Jesus.” This marks Dolly’s 11th Grammy win, including her Lifetime Achievement Award and MusiCares Person of the Year Award. This is Zach Williams’ second GRAMMY win. Dolly said,

“Thank you Jesus, thank you Zach Williams, and thank you to the GRAMMYS and all of our fans. I am very humbled but proud.”

In September, the duet hit number 1 on the following Christian charts: Billboard Airplay, Billboard AC Monitored, Billboard AC Indicator, Mediabase Audience, Mediabase AC Monitored and Mediabase AC Activator. In the earliest stages of this collaboration, Dolly was very touched by the lyrics and said,

“When I heard the song, I thought it was one of the best songs I’d ever heard. I was at that time, wanting to do something more uplifting, and I feel like it was a Godsend.”

See a full list of winners from 83 categories who were honored at the 63rd GRAMMY® Awards.

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Dolly Parton and for KING & COUNTRY Win 2020 GMA Dove Award

Published November 6, 2020 / Last Updated November 9, 2020

“God Only Knows” earns Dolly Parton and for KING & COUNTRY the 2020 “Short Form Video Of The Year” GMA Dove Award

Their collaboration on “God Only Knows” earned Dolly Parton and for King & Country the 2020 GMA Dove Award for Short Form Video Of The Year. This powerful music video features Dolly as she and the duo of for KING & COUNTRY struggle to find themselves before turning to faith and belief. They shot the full-length video in Nashville, produced by Patrick Tohill and directed by Benjamin Smallbone.

“God Only Knows”

Following its release, “God Only Knows” has won “Song of the Year” honors at the K-LOVE awards, received a GMA Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (2019), and the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Additionally, the impactful video for “God Only Knows” has amassed over 9.3 million views on YouTube. For KING & COUNTRY also took home Artist of the Year.

Dove Awards

Since 1969 the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian and Gospel Music. The show celebrates rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern various genres including Rock, Bluegrass, Country, and more! See a full list of 2020 award winners.

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Dolly Parton Receives 7 “Million-Air” Certificates From BMI & Included In USA TODAY’s Women of the Century

Published August 31, 2020 / Last Updated August 31, 2020
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BMI and USA TODAY recognize Dolly Parton’s life and career with top honors.

BMI’s “Million-Air” certificates recognize songs that have reached over one million broadcast performances, and Dolly Parton has seven songs with over 22 million cumulative performances. Additionally, USA TODAY included Dolly Parton in their Women of the Century, a list of 100 women who’ve “made a substantial impact on our country or our lives over the past 100 years.”

“I Will Always Love You” Receives 10 Million-Air Awards

In a special presentation via Zoom, Mike O’Neill, BMI’s President and CEO, along with Billboard Magazine, awarded Dolly Parton certificates for seven of her iconic hits. “I Will Always Love You” logged a staggering 10 million performances to date, ranking it in the top 30 of BMI’s most-performed songs of all time. Also included were “Nine to Five” (5 million performances), “Jolene” 2 million), and “Two Doors Down” (2 million). “Seeker,” “Yellow Roses,” and “Coat of Many Colors” all received certificates for the 1 million mark. On the BMI website, O’Neill said,

“Dolly’s career is extraordinary. She is, of course, an incredible performer, actor, philanthropist and businessperson, but for us, it all starts with her songwriting. She tells stories in her songs like no one else can, transcending genres and connecting with her millions of fans. Dolly’s lyrics and music, authenticity, strength, and humor are all extraordinary gifts she has shared with the world.”

BMI Presents Dolly Parton With 7 “Million-Air” Certificates

USA TODAY’s Women of the Century

USA TODAY is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by assembling a list of 100 women who’ve “made a substantial impact on our country or our lives over the past 100 years.” Dolly Parton is among these influential, trailblazing American women. Dolly told USA TODAY,

“But you can’t dream at someone else’s expense. You’ve got to get out there, make those dreams come true. You’ve got to be the one to sacrifice what you need, to lean on who all will help you. You’ve got to get out there and put legs on them, wings on them, feet on them, hands on them, fingers. You’ve got to get out there and work it.”

USA TODAY article about Dolly Parton by Nicole Carroll

Photo Credit: JB Rowland

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Dolly Parton & for King & Country Win At The Grammy Awards

Published January 27, 2020 / Last Updated June 16, 2021
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Dolly Parton and for King & Country receive the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song with “God Only Knows.”

Their collaboration on “God Only Knows” earned Dolly Parton & for King & Country the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song on Sunday, January 26, 2020. This marks Dolly’s 10th Grammy win including her Lifetime Achievement Award and MusiCares Person of the Year Award. This is the fourth Grammy win for the Australian duo comprised of Joel and Luke Smallbone. While not present at the awards, Dolly expressed her excitement and gratitude. She said,

“I am so excited that for King and Country and I won a Grammy for ‘God Only Knows!’ Thank God and thank all of you!”

Joel and Luke accepted the award during the Grammy’s Premiere Ceremony. They later shared this message with their fans on social media.

“We’re floored.. and dedicate these to anyone needing a new beginning, a fresh start, and a new dawn. These awards for us represent redemption for our family. If you’re wondering if your story can be used for good, it can be..” — for King & Country

Additional Wins

In addition to the Grammy win, “God Only Knows” also won “Song of the Year” honors at the K-LOVE awards and received a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. See a full list of winners from the 62nd Grammy Awards highlights and more at Grammy.com.

“God Only Knows” Music Video

This powerful music video for “God Only Knows” features Dolly as she and the Smallbone brothers struggle to find themselves before resigning to faith and belief. They shot the full-length video in Nashville, produced by Patrick Tohill and directed by Benjamin Smallbone.

Photo Credit: Curtis Hilbun

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Dolly Parton Earns Dual Grammy Nominations

Published November 20, 2019 / Last Updated November 20, 2019

Dolly’s recent collaborations have earned two 2020 Grammy Awards nominations

Following an extremely busy year, Dolly is closing 2019 on another high note. After being a special guest host at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards,” celebrating legendary women in Country Music, this living legend is making headlines again with two 2020 Grammy Awards nominations!

“What incredible news to be nominated for two Grammy Awards! It is always such a sweet thing when your peers recognize and celebrate the music you make. To have a nomination with Linda Perry for ‘Girl In The Movies,’ the song we wrote together for Dumplin’ means so much. And then to share another with my new friends Joel and Luke Smallbone from for KING & COUNTRY on our duet ‘God Only Knows’…well, I am one happy girl today!”

2020 Grammy Awards Nominations

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

With the success of “God Only Knows,” in collaboration with KING & COUNTRY, Dolly received a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Based on the novel by Julie Murphy, Netflix film Dumplin’ released in 2018 featured Dolly Parton’s uplifting song “Girl in the Movies.” This dreamy ballad led to Dolly & Linda Perry receiving a nomination for Best Song Written For Visual Media. A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media.

To date, Dolly has earned 49 Grammy Awards nominations and has taken home eight Grammys.

Grammy Awards are set to air on January 26, 2020, on CBS.

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