Awards & Milestones

Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Published November 1, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Good Housekeeping magazine awarded its Seal of Approval to Dolly for her Imagination Library

In November 2001, Good Housekeeping magazine awarded its Seal of Approval to Dolly for her work with her Imagination Library program, marking the first time the distinction was given to a person.

Dolly, in typical good humor, responded that her husband Carl “doesn’t know why they gave her the seal since she never does any (housekeeping).”

The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval dates back to 1905 when the magazine started testing products and accepting advertising from those that “met its approval.” Dolly’s Imagination Library provides communities the opportunity to ensure its pre-school-aged children receive age-appropriate books on a monthly basis to encourage reading.

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National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame

Published June 14, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly inducted into National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame

Dolly was honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Award from the National Academy of Popular Music on June 14, 2001. The award was established in 1969 to help “shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives.” Emmylou Harris performed for Dolly’s induction ceremony.

Dolly sees herself as a songwriter and considered the award one of the greatest of her life,

“Honestly, being put into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with all the great people in there, would have to be one of the greater compliments that anyone could ever be paid. I don’t know that I’m deserving, but it makes me want to go out and write songs.”

 

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‘Shine’ wins GRAMMY

Published February 21, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly wins GRAMMY for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her cover of the Collective Soul song ‘Shine’

Dolly won the 2001 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her cover of the Collective Soul song “Shine” from her album “Little Sparrow,” marking her third win in that category and seventh overall.

Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland was blown away when he found out Dolly covered the group’s song,

“In all honesty, the first CD, which has ‘Shine’ on it, basically was a songwriter’s demo, trying to get a publishing deal and try to showcase songs. It’s the first time ever we’ve had one of those songs covered, and it’s an honor, and really cool… especially coming from someone who’s a great songwriter. It’s not necessary for her to use anyone’s songs except her own.”

Dolly explains that the cover comes from a real affinity for the original version of the song.

“When that record came out years ago, my husband and I were riding in the car and heard it…We listened to see who it was and went and got it and played it off and on in the house for years. I’ve been trying to think of how I can sing it without all the rock stuff; it sounds spiritual and all that, and the melody lent itself well to some bluegrass harmonies. I figured we’d kick it around and if it didn’t work, we wouldn’t put it on. But it worked out great.”

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‘The Grass Is Blue’ wins GRAMMY

Published February 21, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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The Grass is Blue’ wins GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2001

Dolly’s reaction was anything but reserved,

“I broke my high heels jumping up and down. It is one of the biggest thrills of my bluegrass life.”

In addition to earning Dolly her sixth GRAMMY Award, ‘The Grass Is Blue‘ won Album of the Year Award in 2000 from the International Bluegrass Music Association. The award ceremony was held in October of 2000 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Association of American Publishers Honors Award

Published March 22, 2000 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly receives Association of American Publishers Honors Award for her Imagination Library

On March 22, 2000, Dolly was recognized for her work with her Imagination Library with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Honors Award. Dolly was the third recipient of the award which was established in 1997.

The AAP President said,

“This is a woman who is really making a difference. The same love that makes her such an extraordinary performer is transforming the lives of kids in Tennessee, opening up a world of books for them. Soon pre-schoolers all over the country will have a chance to build their own ‘Imagination Library.’ What a gift!”

The award was presented to Dolly by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. The award is intended to “acknowledge the contributions of individuals and organizations who have helped focus attention on American books.” Dolly was specifically honored for her efforts to improve the lives of children through books.”

In her acceptance speech, Dolly mentioned how her experiences reinforced the importance of education and motivated her to start the Imagination Library,

“But all the things I ever dreamed of I never believed that I’d be in front of a distinguished group of people like you accepting an award like this. And it’s a long way, truly, from the Smoky Mountains to what I call the top of the world, and bein’ able to be in the presence of great people like this for a very worthy cause like the education program that we have back in Sevier County [Tennessee] means a great deal to me… As a matter of fact one of the reasons that I decided to get involved with the education and with the kids was because a lot of my family were not able to read and write.”

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