Awards & Milestones

“Forever Country” Wins Video of the Year At ACM Awards

Published April 4, 2017 / Last Updated April 4, 2017
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The Academy of Country Music named “Forever Country” Video of the Year

The epic video created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CMAs was named Video of the Year at the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 2. The win is a testament to the mutual respect and admiration within the country music community.

“Forever Country” produced by Shane McAnally and directed by Joseph Kahn was the first production of it’s kind. It features 29 artists from different eras. The song is a mashup of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by the late John Denver.

After accepting the award, producer Shane McAnally reflected on the recording experience. He recalled the morning Dolly visited the studio to record her “I Will Always Love You” parts. He said,

“I can tell you that the vocal that’s on it is the first thing that came out of her mouth. It is completely untuned and it is exactly the way she sang it the first time. There are no words for that moment.”

Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan hosted the 52nd Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas, NV.

Forever Country was nominated along with the following:

  • “Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton, Tim Mattia, Jennifer Rothlein
  • “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw, Wes Edwards, Jennifer Rothlein
  • “Peter Pan” – Kelsea Ballerini, Michelle Abnet, Kristin Barlowe
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert, Trey Fanjoy, Ashley Bergeron Ford
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68th Annual Christopher Awards Will Honor “Christmas Of Many Colors”

Published April 4, 2017 / Last Updated April 4, 2017
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Dolly Parton wins second straight Christopher Award with “Christmas Of Many Colors”

Dolly Parton continues to enjoy a successful music career on many levels. Her “Pure & Simple” album and tour were both resounding successes, as have been her two NBC-TV movies from the holiday seasons, 2015’s “Coat of Many Colors,” and 2016’s “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” Both films were resounding successes for the network, and have resulted in a series of awards.

“Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” was cited as one of the TV and Cable winners of the 68th Annual Christopher Awards. The awards also recognized “This Is Us,” the runaway hit of the season. Academy Award Nominees “Hidden Figures” and “Hacksaw Ridge” were honored. Additionally, “Gold Star Parents,” an episode of the long-running CBS news magazine staple “60 Minutes” received honors. The award ceremony is set for May 16, 2017.

The Christopher Awards win is the latest for the film, which also includes the Movieguide® Epiphany Prize for Television. It marks the second straight win for a Dolly-related project, following “Coat of Many Colors.”

Tex Ritter Award

In April of 2016, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” received the Academy of Country Music’s Tex Ritter Award. This award honors a movie “released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.” The award shares its name with Tex Ritter. Ritter was a film and music star from the 1930s through the 1970s.

The Celebration Continues

Currently, Dolly is producing a new dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge. The new show celebrates her family’s history and heritage rooted in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures celebrates the real-life people who captivated television audiences.

Dolly’s experiences growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee, and her memories of celebrating the holidays with her family provided inspiration for both films. “Circle of Love” also detailed the beginning of Dolly’s desire to make it in the music business. Both projects starred Rick Schroder and Jennifer Nettles as her parents, Robert and Avie. Gerald McCraney was cast as her grandfather, Jake Owens. Winning rave reviews for her portrayal of Little Dolly in the movies was young actress Alyvia Alyn Lind.

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“Christmas Of Many Colors” Wins Movieguide® Epiphany Prize

Published February 16, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017
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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love” won the Most Inspirational Television Program of the Year at the Movieguide® Awards!

Sam Haskell and Alyvia Alyn Lind at Movieguide® Awards“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” was named Most Inspirational Television Program of the Year at the 25th Annual Movieguide® Awards, hosted by Actor Terry Crews. The back-to-back wins by “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and the holiday sequel marks the first time the organization has honored related films two years in a row.

Dolly attended last year’s ceremony but was not able to attend this year’s Movieguide® Awards. Co-executive producer Sam Haskell accepted the award along with stars Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cameron Jones and Mary Lane Haskell, as well as Director Stephen Herek, Writer Pamela K. Long and Editor Maysie Hoy.

“To stand in the light of God’s grace, and to show people who you really are is what it’s about, that’s who Dolly Parton is,” says Sam Haskell. “We love her and we appreciate her, and we cherish her. She’s a servant of God, and we love telling the stories of her life.”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love” which premiered on NBC with stellar ratings was described by Movieguide® as being a “breath of fresh air” and a rare “representation of overt faith on Network TV”.

The Epiphany Prize honors film and television productions which promote wholesome, spiritually uplifting, inspirational, redemptive and moral themes and values. The first installment of Dolly Parton’s four-picture movie deal with NBC earned the Epiphany Prize in 2016. The cast and crew were overjoyed when an unexpected follow-up holiday feature was announced. Consecutive wins at the Movieguide® Awards further proves the groundbreaking success of both films and everyone involved.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love” Film Credits:
Carissa Clark – Post Producer
Sam Haskell – Executive Producer
Hudson Hickman – Producer
Pamela K. Long – Executive Producer/Writer
Dolly Parton – Executive Producer

The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Dolly Parton Wins Eighth Grammy Award

Published February 13, 2017 / Last Updated February 13, 2017
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Dolly Parton and Pentatonix win GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with a cappella recording of “Jolene”

Dolly Parton teamed up with the award-winning vocal group Pentatonix to record her 1973 hit, “Jolene. ” The new rendition debuted at No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart and now has earned both artists GRAMMY gold.

“Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene,” says Dolly Parton. “I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all.”

The 2017 GRAMMY win gives Dolly her eighth competitive win and the second for Pentatonix. In 2011, the organization honored Dolly with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her first trophy with “Here You Come Again” in 1978 followed by two wins for “9 to 5” (Best Country Song & Best Female Country Vocal Performance) 1981, “Trio” (Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal) 1987, “After The Gold Rush” (Best Country Collaboration With Vocals) 1999, “The Grass Is Blue” (Best Bluegrass Album) 2000, and “Shine” (Best Female Country Vocal Performance) 2001.

Watch the original music video of “Jolene” by Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton.

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Dolly Parton & Pentatonix Earn Grammy Nomination

Published December 7, 2016 / Last Updated December 7, 2016
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Dolly Parton’s collaboration with Pentatonix has earned a 2017 Grammy nomination!

In 2016, Dolly Parton lent her 1973 hit as well as her own vocals to the Grammy Award-winning, a capella group, Pentatonix. “Jolene” by Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton debuted at No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart making Dolly the first and only artist with top 20 hits on Hot Country Songs in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s & ’10s.

The recording was a beautiful version of what has become one of Dolly’s most recorded songs. Not only was the new version well received by critics and fans alike, but it has also garnered a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo / Group Performance.

The nod brings Dolly’s total Grammy Award nominations to 47. Will it become her eighth overall win? Time will tell on Feb. 12, 2017, when the 59th Annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS.

Fellow East Tennessee native, Kenny Chesney, joins Dolly and Pentatonix in the category.

Nominees For Best Country Duo / Group Performance
Dierks Bentley With Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”
Kenny Chesney With Pink, “Setting the World on Fire”
Pentatonix With Dolly Parton, “Jolene”
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope, “Think of You”

Pentatonix performed “Jolene” with Jennifer Nettles at the CMT tribute to Dolly when she received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in November. They later joined Miley Cyrus on “The Voice” for another televised performance of “Jolene.”

Watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

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