During an extended version of an older interview, country icon Dolly Parton opened up about her most meaningful awards.
In 2009, Canadian music critic Darryl Sterdan interviewed Parton for his popular website Tinnitist. 10 years later in 2019, Sterdan shared the lengthier version of their previous interview to commemorate the release of Ken Burns’ music documentary series Country.
The pair talk about her style and love of makeup. Parton speaks out on her personality and looks overshadowing her abilities as a musician and songwriter. In addition, the “Jolene” singer touches on which awards and nominations – there are lots of them – mean the most to her.
“All of them mean something because they all mark a certain time in my life. And I never get tired of those things. People say, ‘Oh I bet this is like pouring water on a duck’s back,’ and it’s not. Even the smallest little things matter to me,” Parton said humbly to Sterdan.
In true Dolly fashion, she values all of her accolades. However, Parton admits she’s probably the proudest of her songwriting and hall of fame inductions.
“But I am very proud of my songwriters awards; probably my songwriting is the most personal to me. So being in the songwriters hall of fame — the country one and the big one too — that means a great deal to me,” she explained.
Dolly Parton Turns Down Tennessee Capitol Statue
In response to a proposed statue at the Tennessee state capitol, Dolly Parton recently passed on the honor to the surprise of many. In a heartfelt statement shared on Feb. 18, the country legend said she didn’t find it appropriate at this time.
Yet the singer did say there may come a time down the road where she would be proud to have a statue at the state capitol. Even if that time is several years down the road or after she’s “gone.”
“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” Parton explained. “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is approproate at this time. I hope, though that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great state capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”
“In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud,” Parton added in earnest.
Parton is of a rare breed and you can’t help but love how gracious she is. Whether now or later, there may not be a more appropriate statue of a Tennessean to grace the grounds of the capitol. For now, it sounds like government officials will honor Parton’s wish to not erect her statue.