Awards & Milestones

Dolly Parton Featured in TIME100 List of World’s Most Influential People of 2021

Published September 17, 2021 / Last Updated September 29, 2021
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Miley Cyrus writes touching Dolly tribute in TIME100 featured article

TIME Magazine has named Dolly Parton among the 100 most influential people of 2021, with a foreword written by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus. Dolly is one of only two country artists, along with Kane Brown, who earned a coveted spot on the list, released on Wednesday, September 15. TIME CEO and editor in chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement,

“[The TIME100 list] features extraordinary leaders from around the world working to build a better future, from entertainers striving to make Hollywood more inclusive to activists fighting for sustainability and human rights…They are disruptors, fixers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers—people who in a year of crisis have leaped into the fray.”

While Dolly has long been known for her humanitarian efforts, she made headlines during the pandemic when her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University helped fund research for the highly effective Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. And, since 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has delivered more than 165 million books to children around the world, instilling a love of literacy.

A Tribute to an Icon

The TIME100 list also features pairings where guest contributors talk about the impact of each of the people featured on the list. Dolly’s own goddaughter, singer-songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus, penned a touching tribute to the country music legend.

“People look to Dolly for guidance, and she knows that,” Miley shared. “She wears that responsibility with the same grace and pride she rocks a two-piece Nudie suit. She recognizes how impactful her choices will be as one of the most iconic and powerful voices in country music, and she leaves no one behind…There’s a theory that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but I wish everyone had the chance to meet Dolly Parton, because she’s even better than your sparkliest dreams. She may be my fairy godmother, but I think she’s that to everyone else too.”

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Joining Dolly on this year’s list are other notable figures including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Simone Biles, Kate Winslet, Billie Eilish, World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, and the writer Cathy Park Hong.

For the full list of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021 and to read Miley Cyrus’ tribute to Dolly, view the full article on TIME.com.

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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” Wins Two Emmy Awards

Published September 14, 2021 / Last Updated September 23, 2021
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Dolly Parton’s Netflix special “Christmas on the Square” wins two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming

Congratulations are in order for Dolly Parton, who won her first Emmy Award during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 12.

Dolly won an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie as an executive producer of her Netflix holiday musical, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” while the film’s choreographer Debbie Allen also took home an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming. In a conversation with Deadline, Dolly said:

“Who knew that when we were creating this movie, that it would be aired in the middle of the pandemic, and it would bring so much joy and so much hope to millions of people around the world? I think that was one of greatest gifts that we gave and didn’t even know quite when we were doing it that we were going to help uplift the world.”

Dolly’s tremendous success places her in a rare group of fewer than 100 people who have received nominations for an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. With this Emmy win under her belt, now she is one step closer to joining the ranks of only 16 people who have won all four awards.

Emmy Winner, Oustanding Television Movie

 

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” is only the second holiday movie ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. Featuring 14 original Dolly songs, the musical’s stellar cast includes Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Treat Williams and Jenifer Lewis.

When a cold-hearted, wealthy woman returns to her hometown following her father’s passing, she is on a mission to force all of her father’s tenants out of their homes in order to close a real estate deal with a mall developer. Instead, she finds herself reconnecting with people from her past and having an unexpected encounter with an angel, played by none other than Dolly herself, leading to a story of redemption.

Emmy Winner, Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming

 

“Christmas on the Square” really came to life when Debbie Allen accepted the roles of director and choreographer. The multi-award-winning actress, dancer, choreographer, singer/songwriter, director and producer has enjoyed a show-stopping career, encompassing everything from Broadway to a hit television series to the silver screen. After 20 Emmy Nominations, the award for Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming on “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” marks her fifth win.

Watch “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” Available on Netflix

Watch Dolly’s Emmy Award-winning holiday musical “Christmas on the Square,” available to stream on Netflix!

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“Goodnight with Dolly” Receives Multiple Telly Awards

Published July 12, 2021 / Last Updated July 12, 2021

Thanks to the efforts of all those involved, “Goodnight with Dolly” was recognized in multiple categories by the Telly Awards.

“Goodnight with Dolly” was awarded Gold and Silver in multiple categories at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens, including webseries. 

Bringing the “Goodnight with Dolly” to life was exceptionally special, especially during the pandemic. Recognition from the Telly Award honors the great work achieved by all those involved. Dolly said: 

“I had so much fun reading bedtime stories. I’m glad for everyone that tuned in to read with me. It sure was a tough year and being able to read to children all over the world, sure made the tough times better. Thanks to everyone involved who made this possible during the height of the covid lockdown.”

Telly Award categories included Gold Telly Winner in Online Series-Webseries: Non-Scripted, Silver Telly Winner in Online Series-Webseries: Music, Silver Telly Winner in Online Series-Series: Education & Discovery and Silver Telly Winner Social Video Series-Series: Media & Entertainment.

Bringing Everyone Together For a Bedtime Story

Last year when everyone was searching for ways to be together while still staying apart, “Goodnight with Dolly” was born through the hard work and dedication of Dolly, Steve Summers, David Dotson, Jacob Timmons and his team at S.D. Professionals, LLC. More than 15 million people tuned in to read a bedtime story with Dolly with each episode featuring an Imagination Library book.

Haven’t watched “Goodnight with Dolly” yet? Or maybe you just want to watch them all again! After all, half the fun of books is rereading your favorite stories. All episodes are still available on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted more than 159 million free books to children around the world. Dolly started the Imagination Library in honor of her father who she watched struggle with his inability to read. The Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting one book a month to children from birth to age five. Learn how to Register A Child or Make A Donation online.

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

Published March 15, 2021 / Last Updated March 15, 2021

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
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“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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