Dolly Parton Receives EMMY Award For “Smoky Moutain Rise” Telethon

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Dolly Parton has some more hardware to add to her mantel of awards. The country music superstar was awarded her first two Emmy awards at the Midsouth EMMY ceremony at the Music City Center in Nashville on Saturday night (Jan 20).

The 72-year-old singer took home the EMMY for Best Community Service program for her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, which raised more than $13 million dollars for her My People Fund. She also took home the Governor’s Award, for her years of giving back to those in need.

Dolly was unable to attend the ceremony because she is currently working on new music for the upcoming film “Dumplin,'” starring Jennifer Aniston, but the Tennessee native had some words to share about the honor.

“I am so excited to receive these awards tonight,” said Dolly “When people ask me what I want them to say about me 100 years from now, I always joke that I want them to say ‘boy, she sure does look good for her age!’ But, in all honesty, I want the work we’ve done through the Dollywood Foundation and Imagination Library to stand the test of time. Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I want my music to be a part of that story, but in all honesty, my music has been a part of everything I have ever done in this business. My music has given wings to my dreams ever since I was a child, and as I sit here tonight, I am so thankful for the fans who have stood by me and supported me all of these years.”

If that wasn’t enough, Dolly is the only country music artist to be nominated for the Oscars, EMMYs, Tonys, Golden Globes and GRAMMYs.

Congratulations Dolly!