Over her birthday weekend, Dolly Parton received two Emmy Awards at the Midsouth Emmy awards ceremony at the Music Center in Nashville on Saturday, January 20.
I'm honored to be recognized for my work with the Dollywood Foundation & @dollyslibrary and I am so excited to receive my first two Emmy awards for Best Community Service program for the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon & the Governor’s Award For A Lifetime Of Public Service! pic.twitter.com/K2EKLZh0de— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) January 22, 2018
The first was for the Best Community Service program trophy, which Parton received for her Smoky Mountain Rise telethon and raised more than $13 million for her My People Fund. The country icon's organization specifically helped those affected by the 2016 Gatlinburg wildfires. Her second win came from the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences Midsouth, who honored Parton with the Governor's Award because of her dedication to giving back to her community and the less fortunate. Though she could not accept the awards in person due to a prior engagement, Parton was thrilled to be honored and hopes that the work the Dollywood Foundation and the Imagination Library have accomplished remain
“I am so excited to receive these awards tonight," said Parton in the press release. “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,“ she said.
Artist: Dolly Parton. Photo: Donald Kravitz, Getty
Currently, the country sensation is the only country music artist to get nominations from the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes and Grammys.