Is it just me or does it seem like Dolly Parton, age 75, is absolutely everywhere right now? She had a Christmas special on Netflix. She was in a Super Bowl ad. She partially funded the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. She won the Grammy Award for Contemporary Christian Music on Sunday, March 14th for her song “There Was Jesus.” In fact, I’m pretty sure Dolly Parton is out there to unify the United States and make sure we all recover from the trials and tribulations of the coronavirus and a year spent sitting inside our houses waiting for it to abate so we can get back to normal life. And we soon will be able to, thanks, in large part, to the efforts of Dolly. She is a national treasure, plain and simple. On top of all that, she one of the biggest stars of all time in the country music scene.
She’s sold around 200 million records. She’s written and composed more than 3,000 songs. She has 110 charted singles, 44 Top 10 country albums, 10 Grammy Awards on 50 nominations including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2020 Grammy for her collaboration on “God Only Knows” with King & Country. She has 10 Country Music Association Awards and is one of only seven women to win the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award. She has five Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards, and three American Music Awards. Basically, it’s Dolly’s world, the rest of us are just lucky enough to be alive at the same time she is. For all of her success, she has amassed a stunning net worth of $600 million. She’s come a long way from her poverty-stricken childhood.