Dolly Parton Kicks Off 2018 With Honours From Emmys, Guinness World Records & RIAA


Global superstar Dolly Parton kicks off 2018 by receiving recognition from the Emmys, RIAA and Guinness World Records for multiple milestones. “What a fantastic way to start off a new year,” enthuses Parton, “By being honored by the Emmys, RIAA and Guinness World Records folks!  I am so flattered and proud!”

Dolly Parton is nominated for a 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards in the Community Service category for Smoky Mountains Rise, along with collaborators Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling. The event will be streamed live Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 pm Central Time from Nashville’s Music City Center HERE. During the ceremony, Parton and the Dollywood Foundation will receive The Governors’ Award for outstanding achievement in community service.

Adding another accolade to her illustrious career, Dolly Parton earns a well-deserved spot in the record books. Featured in the pages of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2018 Edition, the singer-songwriter was recently recognized for holding records for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist. To make it official, Guinness World Records visited Dolly in Nashville recently to present her with record title certificates and sit down for an exclusive interview. Watch the presentation and Q&A HERE.

“To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great!” adds Parton. “Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!”

Surpassing fellow country music icons, George Jones, Elvis Presley and Reba McEntire, Parton is the only artist with Top 20 hits on across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s), earning her the title of Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. Beginning with her first Top 20 entry, “Something Fishy” in 1967, she’s a credited artist on a further 73 Top 20 hits, including her most recent, a new version of her beloved 1974 title “Jolene,” featuring acapella quintet Pentatonix, which debuted at No.18 on the chart dated October 8, 2016.

The 2016 remastered version of “Jolene” was also Dolly’s 107th chart entry, solidifying her second record title for the Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist. Parton’s first hit on this record-breaking list was her 1967 debut, “Dumb Blonde.” Of the 107 hits, twenty-one were achieved with former partner Porter Wagoner (1927–2007). Find Parton in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2018 Edition, available in stores and online now.

Dolly Parton was recently surprised with the news of four Recording Industry Association certification awards upgrades. She was presented with plaques in recognition of the RIAA Gold certification of Parton’s recording of “I Will Always Love You” (RCA) with over 500,000 digital sales and streams, Gold certification of “Jolene” (RCA) with over 500,000 digital sales and streams and Platinum certification of “9 To 5” (RCA) which has amassed over 1 million digital sales and streams. Of special note, the song “9 To 5,” written by Parton, has taken on heightened awareness as the music bed to a new “Northwestern Mutual” national television commercial.

As the sole songwriter of “I Will Always Love You,” as record by Whitney Houston on The Bodyguard film soundtrack (Legacy/Arista), Parton received a fourth plaque commemorating Triple-Platinum certification for over 3 million digital sales and stream of the smash hit. Parton’s latest project I Believe In You, her first-ever children’s album, released last fall on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville. All 14 tracks on the new album were written and performed by Dolly Parton for kids and those young at heart.  I Believe In You is available HERE.

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