Awards & Milestones

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

Published April 4, 2017 / Last Updated April 4, 2017

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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ACM Awards – Tex Ritter Award, Katy Perry Performance

Published April 27, 2016 / Last Updated April 30, 2016
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Dolly Parton and Katy Perry will join forces for a can’t-miss performance at the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® and the Academy will honor “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” with the Tex Ritter Award!

Country Music’s Party of the Year® just got bigger with music superstars Dolly Parton and Katy Perry added to the epic line-up of performers taking the stage at the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS! This can’t-miss duet will mark their first-ever live performance together.

Additionally, the Academy will honor 10-time ACM Award winner Dolly Parton with the Tex Ritter Award for her television movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” Dolly talks about the upcoming performance with Katy and what receiving the award means to her.

The Tex Ritter Award is given to a movie released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music. It’s named after America’s Most Beloved Cowboy and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Tex Ritter. Dolly shares her thoughts on Tex and how special this award is to her, she said,

“This is a great honor, to be able to accept something that’s so personal to me like ‘The Coat of Many Colors,’ a true story from my childhood.”

The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” aired on NBC in 2015, inspiring millions of viewers with its story of faith and family. Set in 1955 in the Great Smoky Mountains, the film showcases a poignant time in Dolly’s childhood, as her family struggles with loss, grapples with religion and ultimately triumphs with the healing power of love. Alyvia Alyn Lind stars as the nine-year-old singer who was given a patchwork coat made by her mother, played by Jennifer Nettles. Ricky Schroder portrays Parton’s father, along with Gerald McRaney as her grandfather. The movie was watched by more than 16 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched TV movies of all time.

Past recipients of the Tex Ritter Award include “Beer For My Horses,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Country Strong,” “Crazy Heart,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walk the Line,” among others.

Dolly and Katy join previously announced performers, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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Dolly Parton Announces First Leg of 2016 Pure & Simple Tour

Published April 26, 2016 / Last Updated April 26, 2016

Dates announced for the first leg of Dolly Parton’s 2016 Pure & Simple Tour and tickets are selling fast!

Dolly Parton’s largest North American tour in 25 Years Kicks Off on June 3. Coming off the heels of a headline-making performance at the ACM Awards in early April, Dolly is heading out on her largest North American tour in over two decades. Tickets are selling fast for the first leg of the Pure & Simple Tour, which includes a total of 16 dates.

Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple Tour Dates

The Pure & Simple Tour coincides with the summer release of her double-disc album “Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits.” The collection will include some of her most popular singles as well as a few new tracks. The set list features several of Dolly’s biggest hits along with a few new songs from the double-disc album. She will also perform songs which some fans have not heard live in decades!

Additional U.S. dates for the historic North American tour will be announced soon as well as Dolly’s highly-anticipated return to Canada. The entertainment icon is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of more than 16 million viewers. It was the most watched movie on network TV in more than three years. It becomes available on DVD May 3.

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