Dolly was one of five artists nominated as Favorite Female Country Artist. Nominees and winners, unlike at other award shows, are chosen by fans instead of industry insiders. People's Choice Awards (PCA) have categories in movies, music and television. Fans vote for their favorites on the PCA website.
Dolly was thrilled about the nomination,
“I am so excited to be nominated for a People's Choice Award. It is always a good feeling to be recognized for whatever you do… This year has been an amazing year! I released a new album 'Blue Smoke,' traveled to Australia, Europe, and across America and even performed for 170,000 people at one show - woo that makes me tired just saying it."
This marks her eighth PCA nomination and her fourth in this category. Dolly has won four People's Choice Awards.
In 2008, Dolly developed a musical version of her 1980 hit movie "9 to 5." Dolly wrote all the music and lyrics herself and the dialog was adapted by Patricia Resnick. The musical had its first table reading in 2007 and did a test run in Los Angeles in 2008.
"9 to 5: The Musical" premiered on Broadway at the Marquis Theater on, April 7, 2009, and ran in New York from April until it closed in September after 24 preview showings and 148 normal performances. During its runs in LA and NY, the musical garnered 15 Drama Desk Award nominations and four Tony Award nominations including Best Original Score. After it closed shop on Broadway the show went on tour in the United States, the United Kingdom, and had several regional productions.
The "9 to 5: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)" includes 18 tracks performed by the cast. The soundtrack was released on Dolly Records on, July 14, 2009. It earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Musical Show Album.
Dolly had a specific plan for writing the songs for the Musical,
“I wanted it to be all that it could be…I wanted it to be what the story called for. I wanted each song to fit each character perfectly and fit the story line, as well and to have the songs to be singable and memorable.”
Her plan worked well enough that she really found her groove,
"Once I got into it, I found I have a little knack for it because I've always loved telling stories… When you write for commercial radio, you have to keep it around three minutes and limit it to a couple verses and a chorus. But writing for the stage, I could just let my mind go."
Dolly’s song "Backwoods Barbie" was performed in the first act and is included on the Musical soundtrack.
The original song, "Travelin' Thru" received a host of awards and nominations. In 2006, it earned a GRAMMY nomination for Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
Dolly performed the song on the soundtrack of, "Transamerica." The director/producer, Duncan Tucker, gave Dolly some direction when he made his request.
"He wanted the song to be about redemption and about people's feelings."
After giving the song and the film some thought, Dolly decided on a spiritual direction with a gospel feel.
""Travelin’ Thru," Dolly’s song from the movie "Transamerica," was one of four songs nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2005. "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," from the movie "Brokeback Mountain," won during the Jan. 16, 2006 ceremony.
Dolly said of the nomination,
“What a great honor to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for my song 'Travelin' Thru' from the wonderful, touching film 'Transamerica.' After all my years in show business, I’m still humbled and overjoyed when I am recognized for my work.”
The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association whose mission is partially to "To recognize outstanding achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, (Golden Globe® Awards), serving as a constant incentive within the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television."
"Travelin' Thru" is an original song written and performed by Dolly for the movie "Transamerica." The song went on to receive nominations for an Academy Award for Best Song and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. It was also nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Song and won for Best Original Song at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards on 2005.
When Duncan Tucker, the director of the movie "Transamerica," was looking for a song for the end credits of his movie, he had only one thought, Dolly Parton.
Dolly said about her motivation for writing the movie’s song,
"Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can't be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy. One thing about this movie is that I think art can change minds. It's alright to be who you are."