Dolly awarded the Johnny Mercer Award
In 2007, Dolly was recognized with the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dolly has written over 3,000 songs throughout her career. The Johnny Mercer Award is given to songwriters previously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame but, as the organization said in a statement
“whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.”
Prior to accepting the award, Dolly commented on her formula for success,
“You need to be yourself. Stay true to yourself, and be aware of the stuff you say and the stuff that you do… I always try to be true to me, and be true to my music.”
Johnny Mercer was an incredibly popular performer, composer, and lyricist from the 30s through the 50s. Mercer wrote the lyrics to over 1,500 songs, received 19 academy award nominations, and won 4 Academy Awards during his career.