On Monday, October 3, Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” chatted with everyone’s favorite sassy southern songstress, Dolly Parton about her current album, “Pure and Simple”. During the interview, Kimmel broke the news that Dolly would be honored at this year’s CMA 50th Annual Awards, also airing on ABC on Wednesday, November 2 at 8/7c. CMA followed the Kimmel announcement early Tuesday morning with official details of Dolly being honored this year as the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Of course, astute country music fans might have guessed there was something big coming from CMA regarding Dolly when the legendary southern songstress was featured prominently in the recently released “Forever Country” single, a brilliant mash-up of three iconic songs, John Denver’s “Country Roads”, Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” and Dolly’s own “I Will Always Love You”. Together, those three songs honor the impact of country music’s past, showcase its present and looks hopefully towards the future.
If the song weren’t hint enough that CMA had something special brewing with Dolly, the accompanying music video that features an astounding thirty country artists, ends with images of the artists in a field. In the final frames of the video, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who will once again team to host this year’s CMA Awards are the next to last artists seen. The video ends with the one and only Dolly smiling sweetly as she sings the final lyrics of her legendary song. Click Here to watch the video.
Speaking of legendary, according to CMA, the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an “iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music”. That recognition obviously includes their accomplishments as a recording and performing artist, but it also recognizes their humanitarian efforts and philanthropic work. Among Dolly’s many philanthropic achievements, her Imagination Library, established in 1995 offers age-appropriate books to children who otherwise might not have the the opportunity to enjoy the joy of reading.
Of Dolly being this year’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, CMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Trahern said, “Dolly epitomizes the very definition of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award”. She went on to sing Dolly’s praises with, “She is a trailblazer who continues to enchant and captivate fans around the world, from her latest No. 1 album, to her sold-out tour, and numerous television projects. She is a treasure and deserving of this industry acclaim for her undeniable contributions to the success of Country Music, today.”
Established in 2012, Willie Nelson, the award’s namesake was the first honoree. With this latest award, Dolly joins fine company. Her own frequent singing partner, Kenny Rogers received the award in 2013 and Johnny Cash was named 2015’s recipient.
No stranger to the CMA’s Dolly has received an impressive 44 CMA nominations over the years, winning nine times. In 1968 Dolly, alongside yet another frequent duet partner, Porter Wagoner, won her first CMA Award (Vocal Group/Duo of the Year) at the second CMA Awards ceremony, the first to be televised. She and Porter won again in 1970 and 1971. In 1975, Dolly won her first of two of two concurrent CMA Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. 1978 saw Dolly take home the coveted Entertainer of the Year. In 1988 she and fellow songbirds Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt shared the CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award for their brilliant collaboration on “Trio”. Two other spectacular collaborative efforts, an update of “I Will Always Love You”, with Vince Gill in 1996 and a 2006 duet with Brad Paisley on “When I Get Where I’m Going” make up Dolly’s remaining CMA Awards–so far.
To watch Dolly receive her tenth CMA Award, tune into the 50th Annual CMA Awards Tuesday, November 2 as they air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC at 8/7c. For more information about the CMA’s, including their 50th anniversary, Click Here or follow CMA on Twitter. For the latest from the legend herself, follow Dolly on Twitter.
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