Tonight, Country music legend Dolly Parton will be celebrating five decades of performing at the Grand Ole Opry. The television event will air on NBC at 9pm ET/PT.
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‘Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry’ Preview
As NBC puts it, “After 50 years of excellence, it’s time to celebrate Dolly Parton.”
The show will chronicle Parton’s fifty years with the Grand Ole Opry. On her website, Parton shares, “I’m so thrilled to be celebrating my 50-year anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry… I’m also excited that NBC wanted to share in this milestone with me. Together we hope to entertain a broader audience on what the Grand Ole Opry is and what it means to me. We have some special treats, surprises and great performances by some very talented artists and I’m looking so forward to sharing it with you.”
Some of those artists include Hank Williams Jr., Emmylou Harris, Toby Keith, Chris Janson, Margo Price, and Dierks Bently.
To date, Parton has 25 certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards. She’s also had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts, and is one of a handful of people to have received one nomination for an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy.
To add to that list of accolades, Parton has been nominated for 46 Grammys and has won eight.
Parton officially joined the Opry in January 1969, and tonight will feature some behind-the-scenes footage of those performances. Parton is quoted by Taste of Country as saying, “The night that I actually became a member 50 years ago was one of the highlights of my whole life because it was a true dream of mine,” Parton says. “You never know what’s going to happen to you in your life. You never know if your dreams will come true. And if they do, you wonder how people will remember you when you’re older.”
And what about the Grand Ole Opry, itself? It started as a radio broadcast, and today is considered a live-entertainment phenomenon. Dolly Parton’s website reads, “Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry, an American icon and Nashville’s #1 attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It’s been called the ‘home of American music’ and ‘the show that made country music famous.'”
Be sure to tune into Dolly Parton: 50 Years At the Grand Ole Opry” tonight on NBC at 9pm ET/PT.