Awards & Milestones

National Medal of the Arts

Published November 10, 2005 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

Dolly receives the highest award given by the National Endowment for the Arts

In 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Dolly with its National Medal of the Arts, the highest award given to artists and art patrons by the U.S. government. It is awarded by the president to people who, “…are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the U.S.”

President George W. Bush presented the award to the 10 recipients including Robert Duvall in an Oval Office ceremony on Nov. 10, 2005. Dolly couldn’t attend but received her medal in Chattanooga in September 2008.

Dolly said,

“It was my dream always as a little girl up in those Smoky Mountains to be a singer and travel all over the world… I’ve been blessed… that I’ve been able to do more than even my original dream really was. I want to thank you, and people like you all over the world, that have allowed me to see my Smoky Mountain dreams come true.”


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