Awards & Milestones

Kennedy Center Honors

Published December 3, 2006 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly recognized for lifetime contribution to American culture

Dolly was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 3, 2006, along with classical music conductor Zubin Mehta, musical artist Smokey Robinson, motion picture director Steven Spielberg, and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The award recognizes a performing artist’s lifetime contribution to American culture.

Steve Buckingham, Dolly’s longtime record producer, was not surprised by the honor at all because he feels Dolly’s impact has been “huge… not just because of her body of work as a singer and songwriter and an actress but her philanthropic work… That impact isn’t limited to this country [U.S.]… I’ve been around different parts of the world with her, the U.K., Switzerland, Amsterdam, Paris… There’s no place you go…  that people don’t know her. I always say, the one thing you never hear when you’re anywhere with her is, `I wonder if that’s Dolly Parton?’ because there’s no doubt.”

Artists who performed or delivered remarks on Dolly’s behalf at the ceremony were actress Reese Witherspoon and musical performers Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss, Suzanne Cox, Cheryl White, Shania Twain, Vince Gill and Jessica Simpson.

President George W. Bush praised the honorees for “enriching the cultural life of our country.”

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‘Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton’

Published October 14, 2003 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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
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A tribute album featuring an elite group of artists performing Dolly’s songs

On Oct. 14, 2003, Sugar Hill Records released a multi-artist Dolly tribute album entitled “Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton,” named after her 1968 song and album of the same name. The album included cover versions of Dolly’s songs from an impressive and diverse list of stars–

  • Alison Krauss
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Norah Jones
  • Joan Osborne
  • Shelby Lynne
  • Mindy Smith
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Shania Twain
  • Kasey Chambers
  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Allison Moorer
  • Me’Shell Ndegeocello

The album’s last song is Dolly’s re-recorded version of the title song.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Shania Twain and Alison Krauss’ version of Dolly’s song, “Coat of Many Colors” received a GRAMMY nomination for Country Collaboration With Vocals. Emmylou Harris said of the album and Dolly,

“I believe it is the poet in Dolly, the songs that pour out from her soul and into our grateful waiting hearts that have both anchored and lifted her over the years… This is perhaps her most enduring legacy as an artist and the one we celebrate here with this album. Dolly you done good.”

Dolly’s reaction to the album and the contributions of so many young artists reflected her usual good humor and perspective,

“With all these young people (around), I had this joke I’ve been kidding them with… I said, ‘Hell, I was already into plastic surgery when you were still sleeping on plastic sheets!'”

Team Dolly‘Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton’