The legendary and fabulous Dolly Parton was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 CMAs on Nov. 2 after an incredible tribute by country music’s most powerful women. Dolly is the first woman ever to receive the prestigious award! Click to WATCH!
Dolly’s dear friend, actress and 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin, 77, awarded the 70-year-old singer with the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Dolly is country music,” Lily said in her introduction. “Pure and simple.” Jennifer Nettles, 42, and Pentatonix hit the stage to sing “Jolene” in honor of Dolly. Reba McEntire, 61, also sang Dolly’s “9 to 5” in an epic performance, Kacey Musgraves, 28, performed “Here You Come Again,” Carrie Underwood, 33, and Martina McBride, 50, gave a breathtaking performance “I Will Always Love You.”
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The flawless Dolly, who wore a stunning yellow dress, took the stage after the amazing tribute. “This was so touching. I would have cried but I didn’t want to mess up my eyelashes,” she told the audience. Later, she made an epic joke about Willie Nelson, 83, saying the award is an “absolute high” for her.
Dolly is undoubtedly one of the queens of country music. She won her first CMA Award back in 1968 for Female Vocalist of the Year. After almost 50 years of being a country music legend, Dolly is still going strong.
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013) and Johnny Cash (2015). The recipient is “an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music… 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,” according to CMA. Dolly certainly exemplifies all of those attributes! There’s no one quite like Dolly!
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