Dolly Parton To Be Honoured As MusiCares Person Of The Year Ahead Of Grammys

It will be a celebration of Dolly Parton two days before the Grammy Awards.

Parton, 72, has been selected as MusiCares 2019 Person of the Year and will be honoured on Friday, Feb. 8.

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The “9 to 5” singer will be the first person from Nashville to win the award. Her “considerable creative accomplishments and her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation” were highlighted by MusiCares.

“Dolly Parton has always been and continues to be a courageous trailblazer and indomitable inspiration for creators and artists — so for us to have the opportunity to honour her at our annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala is to pay tribute to a true pillar of strength and someone who we all look up to and cherish,” said President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy Neil Portnow.

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“With her legendary talent, she has forged a career that spans decades, and her gifts as a performer resound on both stage and screen,” Partnow continued in a press release. “Dolly also knows the power of philanthropy and she has used her stardom to contribute to a wide range of causes from natural disasters to education and literacy programs.”

The award was first presented in 1991 and past recipients include Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John.

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