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Dolly Parton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at CMAs

Published November 3, 2016 / Last Updated November 3, 2016
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Dolly Parton received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards Show.

All photos courtesy of Curtis Hilbun

With only two months remaining in 2016, Dolly Parton adds another monumental milestone to her already impressive year. She received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards show on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Dolly’s “9 to 5” co-star, Lilly Tomlin, presented the award calling her “one of the greatest artists in the history of country music.

The CMA tribute began with Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix performing Dolly’s “Jolene.” Reba followed with her version of “9 to 5” and Kacey Musgraves stepped in with “Here You Come Again.” Newly crowned Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride joined the others to sing Dolly’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.” In her acceptance speech, Dolly thanked a host of special people in her life and jokingly said,

“For me to be receiving the Willie Nelson award, this is a real ‘high.'”

Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award - Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award - Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award - Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
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Dolly Parton Receives Willie Nelson  Lifetime Achievement Award.
Photo by Curtis Hilbun
Dolly Parton - Ohio State Fair
Dolly Parton Receives Willie Nelson  Lifetime Achievement Award
Dolly Parton CMA 50 Tribute - Photo by Curtis Hilbun
Dolly Parton Receives Willie Nelson  Lifetime Achievement Award
Jennifer Nettles Pentatonix CMA Dolly Parton Tribute - Photo by Curtis Hilbun
Kacey Musgraves Reba McEntire - Dolly Parton Tribute - Photo by Curtis Hilbun
Reba McEntire CMA 50 - Dolly Parton Tribute - Photo by Curtis Hilbun

The 50th Annual CMA Awards Show celebrated the year’s most accomplished artists and reflected on five decades of country music. Dolly’s song “I Will Always Love You” is one of three country hits featured in the mash-up single and epic music video “Forever Country” which celebrates the awards’ golden anniversary. “I Will Always Love You” is blended with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and the late John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is, according to the Academy, bestowed on “an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music… an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.”

The 50th Annual CMA Awards Show was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

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CMA 50th “Forever Country” Epic Video Featuring Dolly Parton

Published September 21, 2016 / Last Updated September 21, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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The stars have aligned, and the result is pure magic in “Forever Country” featuring Dolly Parton and 29 of Country Music’s legendary and current acts.

Grammy-winning director, Joseph Kahn has created a masterpiece in the new “Forever Country” music video. It’s Country music’s history, legacy, tradition, evolution and future on a spectacular moving canvas.

While her self-described simple lyrics from “I Will Always Love You” are woven throughout “Forever Country,” Dolly Parton’s presence in the video is nothing short of enchanting.


Dolly, Willie Nelson and 28 artists appear in what can only be described as the most incredible celebration of the genre since its inception. From breathtaking scenes within the Blue Ridge Mountains to a street view of the historic Ryman Auditorium the images tug on the heartstrings of generations of country fans. Watch closely for a glimpse of legends like Randy Travis, Charley Pride and Alabama. Current stars are also in the mix including Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

CMA 50th “Forever Country” is a mashup of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by the late John Denver, “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson and Dolly’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Viewers of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” received a sneak peek of the “Forever Country” video during the Tuesday night episode on Sept. 20. The world premiere was held online at ForeverCountry50.com.

“Forever Country” was introduced to radio listeners on Friday, Sept. 16. Proceeds from the sale of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration benefit the CMA Foundation, which donates millions to support music education in schools.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville, TN on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

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CMA 50th “Forever Country” Single Featuring Dolly Parton

Published September 16, 2016 / Last Updated September 16, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton’s signature song “I Will Always Love You” is part of CMA 50th “Forever Country” Single!

“Forever Country” is a mashup of three Country mega hits by Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and the late John Denver.

Thirty legendary and current Country superstars including Dolly and Willie appear in this first-of-its-kind, genre-specific music video directed by Grammy Awards Winner, Joseph Kahn. It’s hailed as the biggest music video in the history of the format.

Together “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “On the Road Again” and “I Will Always Love You” make up “Forever Country.” These songs are not only synonymous with the icons who made them famous, but each one is a timeless classic. All three have taken their rightful place both in music and in American Pop Culture.

“Forever Country” hits radio airwaves on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. EST and the highly anticipated video will debut on Tuesday, September 20.

Proceeds from the sale of “Forever Country” benefit the CMA Foundation, which donates millions to support music education in schools.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville, TN on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

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Mama’s Memories – From Avie Lee Parton

Published May 23, 2016 / Last Updated May 28, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Avie Lee Parton writes to Dolly’s fans in 1975 about her daughter’s love of shoes and her generous spirit.

In 1975, Dolly released “The Bargain Store” which topped the U.S. Country Singles Charts becoming her fifth consecutive No. 1 single and the album became another Top 10 hit. In October, Dolly was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA awards. The following month, she released her 16th solo album “Dolly: The Seeker / We Used To.” “The Seeker” climbed to the No. 2 spot on the U.S. Country Singles Charts and “We Used To” reached No. 9.

The same year, Dolly earned her 10th GRAMMY nomination for her live performance of “Jolene.” It was an incredible year of awards, nominations and chart-topping hits.

Quietly living behind the scenes, Dolly’s mama, Avie Lee Parton looked on with pride and admiration. It had been 11 years since her daughter moved to Nashville, TN to follow her Music City dreams. Avie Lee was beyond proud of her Smoky Mountain Songbird and not just for the fame and notoriety she had earned. She was proud her daughter was getting everything she had dreamed of while keeping herself grounded and focused.

In this letter to Dolly’s Fan Club, Avie Lee shares two stories. The first is a delightful tale about 1000 pairs of shoes and the second is about Dolly’s overwhelming generosity that surprised even Avie Lee.

Submitted by Avie Lee to Dolly Parton’s Fan Club Journal, December 1975

Mama’s Memories

As I watched the CMA awards Oct. 13 and saw Dolly win Female Vocalist of the Year, I said to myself, “I’ve seen another of Dolly’s dreams come true.”

Hi, I’m Dolly Parton’s mother and I want to tell her many fans how proud I am to be her mother and to share some memories with you for this holiday season.

One year for Christmas we bought all the children new shoes, and my sister bought Dolly a pair of black patent leather slippers with bows. Another aunt gave her a pair that were too small for her child, so Dolly had three pairs. I can still remember how proud she was to have that many shoes at one time, and she said in her child-like voice, “When I grow up I’ll have a thousand pairs of shoes.”

Two years ago when I was helping Dolly move into her new home, I decided I would count her shoes just for fun, remembering what she had said as a child. I counted over a thousand pairs of shoes. She still loves pretty shoes and jewelry, and I remember how she would make rings and bracelets from any pretty thing she could find. I really enjoy seeing Dolly in all her pretty clothes and jewelry.

Dolly has always been sincere in that when she tells someone she is going to do something she does it. When Dolly was fifteen years old we bought a farm. We sold the house we had built because we didn’t need two houses, but I cried anyway because I felt close to the home Lee and I had built with our own hands. I remember Dolly saying, “Don’t cry Mama. I’ll buy it back for you when I get rich.” Well, I felt ashamed for crying and didn’t let anyone know how foolish I had been. Five years later I had forgotten the promise Dolly had made. She came home for a visit, but it was more than a visit. She came in and said, “Mama, I’ve bought back your house for you. I told you I would and I have.” Lee and I tried to tell her we didn’t need it with the house on the farm, too, but she said, “I wouldn’t be happy or satisfied to buy a home for myself until you had yours back,” so that’s where we live today.

Now that the children are all grown up and gone away from home, I have time to look back and think about things. I remember that Dolly made up songs before she could write them down. Her music has always been a sacred thing to her. When other children were going to ball games or out on dates, she would rather be somewhere singing. She would stay up all night writing songs and come downstairs to breakfast singing and laughing and tell her Daddy a joke before he left for work. She would say after he left, “I feel better if Daddy laughs before he leaves for work.”

Dolly is a very sensitive person and she can’t stand to see anyone sad or hurt. I believe that is why she has such a great talent to write. She can see sorrow and heartache in other people’s lives and it hurts her very much.

Lee and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for helping Dolly see another dream come true.

Merry Christmas,
Lee and Avie Lee Parton

Read more about Avie Lee including the famous Stone Soup story in A Mother’s Love & Inspiration – Avie Lee Parton

Order “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” on DVD starring Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton.

 

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CMA Win, GRAMMY Nomination w/Vince Gill

Published October 2, 1996 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Duo’s performance of ‘I Will Always Love You’ garners CMA win, GRAMMY nomination

Dolly was recognized as being part of the ‘Vocal Event of the Year’ (the category name was changed to ‘Musical Event of the Year’ in 2005) at the Country Music Association’s (CMA) annual awards show for her song “I will Always Love You,” released as a duet with Vince Gill on her album “Something Special.”

The song, “I Will Always Love You,” has had a long history of success for Dolly and for the artists who have covered it (most famously Whitney Houston). It was originally written by Dolly as a thank you to Porter Wagoner, her long time singing and television partner because she had decided to leave the partnership. Dolly said,

“It’s saying, ‘Just because I’m going don’t mean I won’t love you. I appreciate you and I hope you do great and I appreciate everything you’ve done, but I’m out of here…’ And I took it in the next morning. I said, ‘Sit down, Porter. I’ve written this song, and I want you to hear it.’ So I did sing it. And he was crying. He said, ‘That’s the prettiest song I ever heard. And you can go, providing I get to produce that record.’ And he did, and the rest is history.”

The Dolly and Vince collaboration of “I Will Always Love You” was also honored with a GRAMMY nomination and a TNN/Music City News nomination for Vocal Performance of the Year and ultimately reached number 15 on the country charts.

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