Dolly Parton to receive Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Dolly Parton recently announced she will be the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dolly Parton at the Cedar Park Center, on Ocftober 7, 2011. Photo by Bret Brookshire for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Dolly Parton at the Cedar Park Center, on October 7, 2011. Photo by Bret Brookshire for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The award, which was created to “recognize 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” will be presented during the 50th Annual CMA Awards Nov. 2.

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“Dolly epitomizes the very definition of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern wrote in a news release. “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.”

Parton is joining good company. Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), and Johnny Cash (2015). Parton has received 44 CMA Awards nominations and has won nine times including Entertainer (1978) and Female Vocalist of the Year (1975, 1976).

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Parton, who will play the Frank Erwin Center this December, made the announcement Monday night during her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to promote her new album “Pure and Simple.”

On the show, Parton elaborated on her relationship with Nelson, which goes back to when Parton moved to Nashville in 1964.

“He had short hair, no beard, looked like a schoolteacher, but he’s such a great writer,” Parton told Kimmel. “But he’s just so hard to sing with, because his phrasing is just so different, it’s hard to keep up. We did a duet of  song I wrote, called “From Here to the Moon and Back” and he put his vocal down first, sent it to the studio to me, and trying to sing with him, I mean I was everywhere!

“I called him up and said, ‘Willie, send me a sack of that grass you’re smoking.'”

Kimmel joked, “See, I think it’s funny you’re getting the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, because I feel like Willie Nelson just as easily could be getting the Dolly Parton Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Well, maybe they’ll have that next year,” Parton shot back.

Watch the full video below.


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