Recently named one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine, country music legend Dolly Parton is sure to be proud. Hearing about her achievement, Miley Cyrus seems to be too, and hasn’t been shy praising her “idol” and “fairy godmother.”
“Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? I never have,” Cyrus wrote in her emotional tribute. “Dolly is not only my idol because of her incomparable career—but she’s also my role model because of her steadfast morals and values.”
According to TODAY, Cyrus reported being in awe of Parton when she starred on Hannah Montana while it aired. Parton played Hannah’s godmother, Aunt Dolly, for a few episodes between 2006 and 2010.
“I remember when she came in to do a table read for Hannah Montana in all her bedazzled glory,” Cyrus wrote. “Her smell, the way her nails tapped the table, the sound it made when she flipped the pages of the script—I could see that she fascinated other people too. A living fantasy was in front of all of us.”
Since then, the two have collaborated together occasionally, such as when the duo sang Parton’s hit Jolene with Pentatonix on The Voice in 2016. Cyrus continues, jokingly saying “the only thing Dolly loves more than glitter is children.”
Altogether, Cyrus finished her loving tribute with even more praise for Parton. “There’s a theory that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but I wish everyone had the chance to meet Dolly Parton, because she’s even better than your sparkliest dreams,” she wrote. “She may be my fairy godmother, but I think she’s that to everyone else too. I am happy to share her with the world.”
Dolly Parton Wins First Emmy Award for ‘Christmas on the Square’ and is ‘Thrilled’
The good news for Dolly Parton just keeps on coming. In addition to her placement in TIME’s 100 most influential people list, she won her first Emmy Award.
Parton’s Netflix holiday film, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, earned her the award. The movie celebrates the beloved holiday and examines what makes life truly worth living.
The film actually won two Emmy Awards. One was for Outstanding Television Movie, while the other was for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. Sharing her excitement on social media, she tweeted about how honored she felt.
“Well how happy can I be to have won a @TelevisionAcad Emmy for the @netflixfamily film #ChristmasontheSquare! And I’m so thrilled for my dear friend @msdebbieallen on winning for choreography. Thanks everybody for everything.”
Dolly Parton’s Netflix film came out ahead of four other television movies to win the Outstanding Television Movie Emmy Award. They were “Uncle Frank” (Amazon Prime Video), “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Prime Video), “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime), and also “Oslo” (HBO).