Dolly Parton receives honors from Guinness World Records, the Emmys and the Recording Industry Association of America
January 19th, 2018
It has been quite a year so far for Dolly Parton who turns 72 this month. Sony Music announced that she has received honors from Guinness World Records, the Emmys and the Recording Industry Association of America and it is only January!
“What a fantastic way to start off a new year,” said Parton in the release. “By being honored by the Emmys, RIAA and Guinness World Records folks! I am so flattered and proud!”
Featured in the pages of the Guinness World Records 2018 edition, the singer-songwriter was recently recognised for holding records for the Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart and Most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.
Beating out fellow country music icons, George Jones, Elvis Presley and Reba McEntire, Parton’s is the only artist with Top 20 hits on across six consecutive decades (1960s–2010s).
Jones charted from the 1950s–1990s, but has “only” reached the top 20 in five of the seven decades in which he’s charted, giving Dolly the record. However, Jones “happens to be my favourite”, says Dolly.
The update of “Jolene” was her 107th chart entry, a record-setting streak that traces back to her 1967 debut “Dumb Blonde”. According to Billboard, no other female artist has had more hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
“To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great. Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!”
Parton and collaborators are nominated for a 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Award in the Community Service category for their work on Smoky Mountains Rise, according to the Sony Music news release. Her telethon that raised more than $9 million for the My People Fund, which was used to help victims of the Nov. 28, 2016, Gatlinburg, Tenn., wildfires.
During the ceremony, Parton and the Dollywood Foundation will be given the Governors’ Award for outstanding achievement in community service.
The Recording Industry Association of America presented Parton with four plaques honoring her music.
The organization awarded its gold certification to her recordings of I Will Always Love You, and Jolene. Both have amassed more than 500,000 digital sales and streams, according to the news release.
Her song 9 To 5 was awarded platinum certification with more than 1 million digital sales and streams.
She also received an award related to Whitney Houston’s recording of I Will Always Love You. Parton is the sole songwriter of the track, and she was honored when the song received triple-platinum certification for more than 3 million digital sales and streams, the news release said.