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Dolly Parton Wins Eighth Grammy Award

Published February 13, 2017 / Last Updated February 13, 2017
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Dolly Parton and Pentatonix win GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with a cappella recording of “Jolene”

Dolly Parton teamed up with the award-winning vocal group Pentatonix to record her 1973 hit, “Jolene. ” The new rendition debuted at No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart and now has earned both artists GRAMMY gold.

“Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene,” says Dolly Parton. “I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all.”

The 2017 GRAMMY win gives Dolly her eighth competitive win and the second for Pentatonix. In 2011, the organization honored Dolly with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her first trophy with “Here You Come Again” in 1978 followed by two wins for “9 to 5” (Best Country Song & Best Female Country Vocal Performance) 1981, “Trio” (Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal) 1987, “After The Gold Rush” (Best Country Collaboration With Vocals) 1999, “The Grass Is Blue” (Best Bluegrass Album) 2000, and “Shine” (Best Female Country Vocal Performance) 2001.

Watch the original music video of “Jolene” by Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton.

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Dolly and “Jolene” Return To The GRAMMYS

Published February 10, 2017 / Last Updated February 10, 2017
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Dolly Parton is taking everyone’s favorite red-headed vixen back to the GRAMMYS!

Dolly Parton will return to the GRAMMYS thanks to a collaboration with the award-winning a cappella group, Pentatonix and her timeless hit, “Jolene.”

Dolly sang her way to two GRAMMY nominations back in 1974 and 1975 both for Best Female Country Vocal Performance with “Jolene,” first with the album followed by a live performance the next year. Since then, the song has enticed countless artists to cover the tune including Olivia Newton John, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Kelly Clarkson, (Dolly’s goddaughter) Miley Cyrus and The White Stripes.

While other artists enjoy singing it and have created beautiful versions of their own, “Jolene” the song, unlike the starring character within it, has been faithful to its creator. An international audience of over 180,000 fans gathered at the Glastonbury Festival in 2014 and sang along to “Jolene” during the record-setting appearance. The event staff even prepared a choreographed dance for the song.

The GRAMMY-nominated Pentatonix recording of “Jolene” features Dolly’s angelic vocals. Before receiving the nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance it debuted at No. 18 on the Hot Country Songs chart making Dolly the first and only artist with top 20 hits on Hot Country Songs in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s & ’10s.

Dolly’s most recent nomination was back in 2013 when she and long-time friend and duet partner Kenny Rogers received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” She has a total of seven GRAMMY wins and in 2011 she was honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Watch the 59th GRAMMY Awards live on CBS on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. EST.

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‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’

Published March 1, 2014 / Last Updated September 14, 2015
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‘You Can’t Make Old Friends,’ GRAMMY-nominated duet with Kenny Rogers

One of the highlights of Dolly’s 42nd album ‘Blue Smoke‘ is the duet ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends,’ recorded with one of her most beloved singing partners Kenny Rogers. The song is a poignant reflection of enduring friendship.

Rogers said of this, his first duet with Dolly since 1985’s ‘Real Love,’

“We really are those kind of friends, where you can’t make old friends. Dolly knows me like a book, and I know her like a book. So this is the perfect idea for a song for us.”

Dolly calls Rogers her “best friend” and talks about how she is glad she got to “walk that road” with the man she sang one of the most loved duets of all time, “Islands in the Stream.”

The song was nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY Award in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category. This was the third GRAMMY-nominated collaboration for Dolly and Kenny! Other nominated collaborations include ‘Islands in the Stream‘ and ‘Real Love.’

Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers in the studio recording latest duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends"
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Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers in the studio recording latest duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends"
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Whitney Houston remembered

Published February 12, 2012 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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The untimely death of Whitney Houston and her memorable performance of Dolly’s song, “I Will Always Love You”

After the untimely death of Whitney Houston on February 12, 2012, Dolly said,

“Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’”

Dolly’s song “I Will Always Love You” has been performed by many artists since it was released by her in 1974, but none more memorable than the version recorded by Houston for the soundtrack of the 1992 hit movie “The Bodyguard.”

Hearing Whitney’s version of the song played at her funeral was particularly affecting for Dolly,

“I thought my heart was going to stop. It just pierced me like a knife. It’s just – I can’t explain that feeling, to think that was so final for her and that was my words and my feeling – I would forever be so connected to her.”

Dolly presented Houston the GRAMMY award she won for singing the song in 1994.

 

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GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award

Published February 12, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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In addition to her seven competitive GRAMMY wins, Dolly received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011

Dolly was among six recipients to receive the honor during an invitation-only ceremony. The ceremony was held the night before the live telecast of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Due to a family commitment, scheduled months earlier, Dolly was unable to attend the event. In her recorded acceptance speech she said,

“I appreciate all my GRAMMYS, all of my fans, all the folks that work hard to see to it that I’m still out here on the road… I do thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Dolly won her first GRAMMY in 1978. She was awarded Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her song, “Here You Come Again.” In addition to her wins, she has earned 39 nominations to date.

The other honorees included Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, Kingston Trio and the Ramones. In the official press release, The Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said,

“These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression and will continue to influence generations to come.”

The GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1962. Bing Crosby was the first to receive this distinction. In 1967, Ella Fitzgerald became the first woman honored.

The Recording Academy’s National Trustees vote on the honorees. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who, “during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.” In 1972, the award broadened to include non-performers.

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