For 2020’s Women in Music Event, Billboard will finally award Dolly Parton with a long-overdue Hitmakers Award for her contributions through songwriting.
This year, Billboard’s annual Women in Music Event isn’t letting the ongoing pandemic spoil their awards. The all-genre encompassing ceremony will take place virtually on December 10th. Celebrating the fantastic women of music, however, couldn’t be possible without Dolly Parton, right?
We agree. Thankfully, Billboard will now award the unparalleled icon with their Hitmakers Award. The award is given to an artist “whose compositions have significantly impacted culture.”
There’s never been a soul on Earth quite like Dolly Parton, either. The endlessly creative and unique country star has written countless #1 hits for both other artists – and of course, herself. Her prolific career has given birth to timeless hits like “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You.”
Dolly Parton Finally Recognized By Billboard
Dolly Parton is, by far, one of history’s most prolific songwriters. We’re hard-pressed to imagine a reason it’s taken this long for Billboard to recognize her. For perspective, pop artists Charli XCX has won the award, but Parton hasn’t.
This year marks the 15th annual Billboard Women in Music Event. In addition to Parton, Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa and Chloe x Halle will be given awards this year. Rapper Cardi B will receive this year’s Woman of the Year title, as well. This is the top prize of the evening.
According to The Boot, the first Woman of the Year title went to Reba McEntire in 2007. Additionally, Taylor Swift won the title twice — in 2011 and 2014. She is the only recipient in history to be Woman of the Year more than once.
Billboard, however, is finally honoring Dolly Parton herself – which is long overdue. She will be in familiar and fine company, though. The Boot also points out that “in previous years, several country stars have been named award recipients at Billboard’s Women in Music Event. Kelsea Ballerini, Brandi Carlile, Shania Twain, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves are all among those who took home trophies, and Loretta Lynn via Billboard’s Legend Award in 2015.”
For 2020’s virtual holding of the event, singer & model Teyana Taylor will host.
Dolly Parton Names Her Favorite 3 Songs
This year is beyond fitting for Dolly to take home this award, too. Her phenomenal new book, “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics,” is a literal encyclopedia on her songwriting journey and the impact it’s had on the music industry. While promoting it on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, the host asks her what her own favorite songs of hers are. And she’s more than happy to oblige.
“Well my very favorite song – from a very personal level – is the ‘Coat of Many Colors,’” Dolly answers without hesitation. “It’s kinda a little signature song of mine.”
Fans of Parton should know this one right off the bat. She’s spoken on her love of the song while performing it at many of her sold-out performances. It has become an anthem for her.
“It’s about my mom, it’s about family. It’s about acceptance – tolerance. And even speaks to bullying – how the kids made fun of me in school,” she reveals. It’s become such a part of her identity, even, that her home state teaches it’s lyrical content in school.
“They even teach out of it in some of the grammar schools in Tennessee,” she smiles. “They use that little song [to say] it’s okay to be different. And we should love and accept one another.”
For the rest of Dolly’s favorites, and much more from the interview, head on over to Dolly Parton Reveals Her Top 3 Favorite Songs.