Dolly Parton, Doja Cat to pay tribute to Taco Bell Mexican Pizza in TikTok musical
Dolly Parton: What you need to know Dolly Parton grew up alongside 11 brothers and sisters in a one-room cabin in Appalachia, Tennessee. (NCD)Country music legend Dolly Parton and rapper Doja Cat will sing the praises of Taco Bell’s newly revived Mexican Pizza in an upcoming TikTok musical. >> RELATED STORY: Viva la pizza: Taco Bell brings back Mexican Pizza“We’re telling the Mexican Pizza fan story – in song!” reads an event preview on Taco Bell’s TikTok page. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 46 Dolly Parton NASHVILLE - 1965: Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) (Michael Ochs Archives)Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Photos: Doja Cat through the years Here are some memorable photos of rapper Doja Cat through the years.wftv.com
Dolly Parton among the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Dolly Parton: What you need to know Dolly Parton: What you need to know (NCD)CLEVELAND — After weeks of will she, won’t she, will she, Dolly Parton will indeed be part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Despite Parton’s earlier stance, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said that they stood by her inclusion on the ballot. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed. “We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said, according to CNN. >>Previous coverage: Dolly Parton reconsiders Rock & Roll Hall of Fame electionParton said last week of her earlier decision to “bow out”: “When I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it’s not necessarily that.wftv.com
Dolly Parton, Eminem, Richie get into Rock Hall of Fame
Music-Rock Hall of Fame FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File) (Wade Payne)Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying ballots had already been sent and it was up to the voters to decide if Parton was elected. Parton, Richie, Simon and Duran Duran were selected on their first go-round. Artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers.wftv.com
Dolly Parton reconsiders Rock & Roll Hall of Fame election
Dolly Parton: What you need to know Dolly Parton: What you need to know (NCD)Superstar Dolly Parton now says she will accept being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame if she is elected this year. Last month, she had said she wanted to withdraw her nomination but the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would not allow it, saying that the ballot had already been sent to voters. “We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said, according to CNN. “When I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it’s not necessarily that. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 46 Dolly Parton NASHVILLE - 1965: Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee.wftv.com
Reese Witherspoon acquires film rights to Dolly Parton novel
2022 SXSW - Dolly Parton Dolly Parton performs at Austin City Limits Live during Blockchain Creative Labs' Dollyverse event during the South by Southwest Music Festival on Friday, March 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP) (Jack Plunkett)NEW YORK — (AP) — With some support from her friend Reese Witherspoon, Dolly Parton is looking to be a movie star again. "James and I love Reese and look forward to working with her and her wonderful team,” Parton said in a statement Monday. “Dolly Parton is not only an icon to me, but a true inspiration to women and girls everywhere,” Witherspoon said. "My admiration for her grew to even greater heights when reading ‘Run, Rose, Run,’ a gripping and heartbreaking book I couldn’t put down.wftv.com
Rock Hall of Fame to Dolly: Voters will decide if you're in
(AP Photo/Eric Jamison) (Eric Jamison)Dolly Parton is still on the list of this year’s nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame despite the country icon asking to be removed because she hasn't “earned that right.”The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement Thursday that, in effect, it is up to the voters to decide if Parton is elected. Parton was named on the Rock Hall shortlist last month, alongside fellow first-time nominees Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran and A Tribe Called Quest. Parton is most associated with country music and is in the Country Hall of Fame, but she has performed songs with a rock feel. Artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers. “From its inception, rock ‘n’ roll has had deep roots in rhythm & blues and country music.wftv.com
Dolly Parton to Rock Hall of Fame: Thanks but no thanks
APTOPIX 57th ACM Awards Dolly Parton arrives at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. “Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. Other artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly BrothersParton was named on the Rock Hall shortlist last month, alongside fellow first-time nominees Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran and A Tribe Called Quest. “I do hope that the Rock % Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” Parton’s statement continues. “This has however inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do!wftv.com
Dolly Parton asks to be withdrawn from consideration for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Dolly Parton has asked to bow out of consideration for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, according to a social media post from the singer Monday morning. >> Read more trending news“Even though I am extremely flattered to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. Parton said her decision was based on the fact that she had never made a straight rock ‘n’ roll album. “This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! Parton was nominated along with artists Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, and MC5.wftv.com
Morgan Wallen wins album of the year at ACM Awards
57th ACM Awards - Show Morgan Wallen accepts the award for album of the year for "Dangerous: The Double Album" at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher)Morgan Wallen won album of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday night for "Dangerous: The Double Album," a year after he was removed from the ACMs ballot after he was caught on camera using a racial slur. Wallen made no direct reference to the issue and his absence from recent awards shows as accepted the trophy at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, but may have hinted at it. “To my son, this award will signify that his daddy was a fighter,” Wallen said, finishing his speech by enthusiastically thanking the fans in attendance. Parton and Ballerini performed a duet from the companion album, available on Amazon Music, while Ballerini performs the role of the title character in the audiobook on Amazon's Audible.com.wftv.com
ACMs: Old Dominion wins 5th straight best group award
57th ACM Awards - Show Host Dolly Parton speaks at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. "Every person here have fought for their dreams, but there are people out there fighting for their lives.”Wilson said “country music is my life” as she took the trophy for song of the year. She took the stage at he indoor stadium in a jumpsuit that appeared to be covered in sparkling shards of glass. The show attempted to have a sporting look, with three stages, overhead spider cameras, non-stop action and heavy on graphics. First-time nominee Walker Hayes also received five nominations, due to his viral Applebee’s themed song “Fancy Like,” up for single of the year.wftv.com
Dolly Parton opens ACM Awards with dedication to Ukraine
57th ACM Awards - Show Host Dolly Parton speaks at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher)Host Dolly Parton opened the Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday night by dedicating the show to the people of Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. “I don’t want to get political, I’d rather pass a kidney stone than do that,” Parton said from the ACMs stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Reigning ACM entertainer of the year Luke Bryan also has double performances including his hit "Buy Dirt" with Jordan Davis and a performance of his ballad "Up." Miranda Lambert earned five nominations, including entertainer of the year, and is now tied with Reba McEntire for her 16th female artist of the year nomination.wftv.com
Dolly Parton, James Patterson — in words and music
Parton and Patterson Author James Patterson appears at an event to promote his novel in New York on June 5, 2018, left, and Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The pair completed a project with words and music, “Run, Rose, Run,” an Amazon.com bestseller even before publication, and the work of fiction to arrive with an accompanying soundtrack. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)LA VERGNE, Tennessee — (AP) — Sometimes even Dolly Parton has a hard time keeping up with the legend of Dolly Parton. As Patterson and Parton both recall, Patterson contacted Parton's team and the two soon spoke in Nashville. “Run, Rose, Run” is a close look at the Nashville music scene, through the eyes of women.wftv.com
ACM Awards, Amazon aim to give new flow to awards shows
Music ACM Awards FILE - This April 7, 2019 file photo shows host Reba McEntire on stage at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. He has been absent from other awards shows since, though has slowly returned to the spotlight. But the Vegas-based ACM Awards have always been more about the presentation than the trophies, and this year's Amazon experiment, a sped-up, concert-like format without commercials, will make that more true than ever. Reigning ACM entertainer of the year Luke Bryan also has double performances including his hit "Buy Dirt" with Jordan Davis and a performance of his ballad "Up." Miranda Lambert earned five nominations, including entertainer of the year, and is now tied with Reba McEntire for her 16th female artist of the year nomination.wftv.com
Dolly Parton wants a part in the movie version of her new book co-written with James Patterson
Preview: In a "CBS Sunday Morning" interview airing March 6, the country superstar talks about her new novel, "Run, Rose, Run," co-authored with Patterson, about the darker side of the music industry.cbsnews.com
New this week: Plenty of Dolly Parton and 'Lucy and Desi'
(HBO Max/Prime Video via AP) (Uncredited)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. The directorial debut of Mimi Cave is part comedy, part thriller and it's coming to Hulu on Friday. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Dolly Parton has a big week ahead when she hosts the ACM Awards and drops not just a new album but also a novel. The album is described as a soundtrack and includes the song "Blue Bonnet Breeze," which Parton describes a "Romeo and Juliet kind of story." — The ACM Awards are touting a lineup that includes Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Dolly Parton — with Parton as host, performer and the recipient of a tribute by Kelly Clarkson.wftv.com
Parton, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen to perform at ACM Awards
Music ACM Awards FILE - This April 7, 2019 file photo shows host Reba McEntire on stage at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will share hosting duties with country superstar Dolly Parton during this year's show being live streamed on Prime Video from Las Vegas on March 7. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) (Chris Pizzello)Dolly Parton, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will be pulling double duty with special performances on top of their hosting duties at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Co-hosts Barrett and Allen will be the first performance of the March 7 awards show with a two-song set. The ACM Awards will be held in Las Vegas and livestreamed on Prime Video.wftv.com
Chris Young leads Academy of Country Music nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Country star Chris Young combined his skills as an artist and a producer to earn seven nominations at the Academy of Country Music Awards, including album of the year and single of the year. Chris Stapleton, a five-time nominee, is up for entertainer of the year, alongside Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Carrie Underwood. Wallen earned nominations for album of the year for "Dangerous: The Double Album," which was the most popular album across all genres last year. He also earned nominations for male artist of the year and song of the year. Co-hosts Allen and Barrett also earned nominations for male and female artist of the year, respectively.wftv.com
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood says it will pay all tuition costs for employees pursuing higher education
Herschend Enterprises, Dollywood’s parent company, announced that Dollywood will pay 100 percent of the tuition costs, fees and books for employees who pursue higher education starting Feb. 24.washingtonpost.com
Furthering education: Dollywood employees to get 100% tuition, fees, books paid by foundation
>> Read more trending newsEugene Naughton, president of Dollywood Company, announced this week that the company’s foundation will pay 100% of employees’ tuition, fees and books at 30 partner schools. Employees can work toward a diploma, degree or certificate in programs such as business administration, culinary, finance, technology and marketing, WATE reported. Read more uplifting newsThe program will be piloted by Dolly Parton’s operating partner Herschend Enterprises through its GROW U program, WATE reported. The program kicks off on Feb. 24 and will be for all seasonal, part-time and full-time employees at Dollywood Parks & Resorts. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 46 Dolly Parton NASHVILLE - 1965: Country singer Dolly Parton poses for a portrait in 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee.wftv.com
Dolly Parton to host Academy of Country Music Awards
Music-Rock Hall-Nominees FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is among this year’s first time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File) (Wade Payne)Country music icon Dolly Parton will be hosting this year's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, bringing her star power to the show's new streaming home on Prime Video. Parton, along with soon to be announced co-hosts, will emcee the new format for the awards show, which will be live streamed March 7 without commercials from Allegiant Stadium. "Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” Parton said in a press release on Thursday. Parton is a 13-time ACM Award winner, including for the coveted entertainer of the year prize.wftv.com
Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie among Rock Hall nominees
NEW YORK — (AP) —Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran and A Tribe Called Quest are among this year's first-time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Cleveland-based institution announced 17 artists and groups being considered for Rock Hall induction, including Rage Against the Machine, Pat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Beck. This year's class will be announced in May, with an induction ceremony planned for later this year. “This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” said John Sykes, head of the foundation that runs the Rock Hall. The other nominees are Kate Bush, DEVO, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.wftv.com
Dolly Parton on her 50th Grammy nod: 'It's always special'
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on May 27, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. It's been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her 50th honor. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – It's been 51 years since Dolly Parton earned her first Grammy nomination, and this year the national treasure who has won nine Grammys throughout her career is competing for her 50th honor. Parton's first Grammy nomination was at the 1970 show for “Just Someone I Used to Know,” a duet with Porter Wagoner. An updated version of “Jolene" won Parton and a cappella group Pentatonix a trophy.
'Vaccine, vaccine': Dolly sings 'Jolene' rewrite before shot
FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer, actor and humanitarian posted a video on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, of her singing just before getting her COVID-19 vaccine shot. Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for coronavirus research. It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don't hesitate,'" the actor, singer and humanitarian sang in a social media post on Tuesday, just before receiving her shot. In 2020, she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research.
Fonda says Hollywood needs more diversity after Globes honor
In this video grab issued Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, by NBC, Jane Fonda accepts the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. (NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – Just like in her career, Jane Fonda used the Golden Globes’ platform to speak on deeper issues calling for greater diversity in Hollywood while praising the “community of storytellers” as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. While wearing an all-white suit, Fonda raised the Globes’ highest honor above her head Sunday before commending storytellers for their vital role in troubled times. She is the daughter of Oscar winner Henry Fonda, who died in 1982, and sister of Peter Fonda, who died in 2019. She launched IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, an organization aimed to support the restoration of films helmed by women from around the world.
Dolly Parton asks Tennessee not to put her statue at Capitol
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is asking Tennessee lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would erect a statue of her on the Capitol grounds in Nashville. In a statement released Thursday, Parton says that given current events, she doesn't think being put on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dolly Parton is asking Tennessee lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would erect a statue of her on the Capitol grounds in Nashville. Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced the bill last month that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this state." (She’s) a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”In her Thursday statement, Parton thanked the legislature for their consideration of the bill and said she was honored and humbled by their intentions.
Super Bowl in Tampa creates ‘craziness’ outside, inside
[TRENDING: Speedway worker dies following altercation | Teacher accused of sex with student | Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. “The cardboard fans actually make it look like it’s full,” said Tampa native and longtime Bucs season-ticket holder Matt Geer. AdTampa Mayor Jane Castor issued an executive order last month requiring masks to be worn outside in the city’s most popular entertainment and recreation areas during Super Bowl festivities and the days following the event. It was his first Super Bowl since 1969 in Miami. Goodman’s oldest son, Lee, fell in love with the Buccaneers while playing video games and wanting nothing more than to see them in the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
Super Bowl ads to watch: Sexy Alexa, Dan Levy’s M&M habit
It might not have seemed likely early in the pandemic, but the 55th Super Bowl Sunday is upon us yet again. Amazon shows off a sexy new body for its Alexa assistant, Dan Levy apologizes for eating M&M's and Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade makes a downpour of lemons a metaphor for 2020's troubles. AdInspiration4 “ Join Us "In what is surely a first in Super Bowl history, an ad for Inspiration4, a SpaceX supported all-civilian space mission touts a chance for viewers to join the mission. Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” apologizes to the M&M anthropomorphic characters that are Super Bowl mainstays and says he promises not to “eat any more of their friends." And E-Trade, famous for the talking baby ads it ran in the Super Bowl from 2008 until they “retired" in 2014, is back in the big game with an undisclosed ad.
Dolly Parton dishes on Super Bowl commercial and COVID-19 vaccine
The Grammy-winning legend's 1980s hit has been flipped by Squarespace — a company that helps users build and host their own websites — for a Super Bowl commercial debuting Tuesday. I’m really happy. I’m going to get mine though, but I’m going to wait. I’m going to get mine. I’m going to get it.
A Dolly Parton class is in session at this Florida college
FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – It was Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday, so naturally, cards were the first assignment. The Eckerd College class spread out in a grassy plot on campus and dove into laptops. She got the idea for the class after listening to Dolly Parton’s America, a 2019 podcast by Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee at WNYC Studios. Dolly spoke about Black Lives Matter in 2020, in the Dolly way: “Of course Black lives matter.
Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award
FILE - Actress Jane Fonda appears at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 12, 2018. The Golden Globes will bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Fonda during the 78th annual awards show next month. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Jane Fonda cemented herself into Hollywood allure as a chameleonlike actor and social activist, and now the Golden Globes will honor her illustrious career with its highest honor. Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 78th annual awards ceremony on Feb. 28, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday. She launched IndieCollect’s Jane Fonda Fund for Women Directors, an organization aimed to support the restoration of films helmed by women from around the world.
Lawmaker wants Dolly Parton statue at Tennessee Capitol
FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A statue of country music icon Dolly Parton could be added to the Capitol grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, if one state lawmaker gets his way. Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced a bill Tuesday that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this state,” news outlets reported. Aside from her status as a music icon, Parton is a lifelong philanthropist. ”(She’s) a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”
New Orleans stage and screen actor Carol Sutton dies at 76
FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, actress Carol Sutton arrives at the World Premiere of "Poms" in Los Angeles. Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy Steel Magnolias and the TV series Queen Sugar, has died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, from complications from COVID-19, according to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Sutton was 76. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Actor Carol Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy “Steel Magnolias” and the TV series “Queen Sugar,” has died from complications from COVID-19, according to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Sutton was 76.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year
(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom(scrolling), but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. He reassigned his 10 seamstresses in New York to produce thousands daily for health care workers on the frontlines. The singer and husband Emilio Estefan's restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. The challenge coordinated offers by celebrities and athletes to raise funds to feed those in need during the pandemic.
Holiday movies, music specials arrive to light a bleak year
(NBC/Apple/HBO Max/Netflix/Disney + via AP)LOS ANGELES – Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. HOLIDAY HARMONY— “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood,” now streaming on HBO Max. — “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” Dec. 4, Apple TV+. Music, dancing, animation and surprise guest stars help create what the streaming service promises to be a heartwarming journey with the pop star. Dolly Parton sings hymns, holiday pop classics and tunes from her new album, and shares personal and faith-based Christmas memories.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree turns on, with virus rules
People look from the windows of 30 Rockefeller Center as more than 50,000 lights on the 75-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree are illuminated at the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK – Rockin' around the Christmas tree looks different for visitors at Rockefeller Center this year, starting with Wednesday's tree lighting ceremony. In the days following the lighting until the early part of January, those wishing to take a look at the tree will have to follow a host of rules. At that point, they will be directed to specific pods, each of which can hold four people, to look at the tree. Workers at Rockefeller Center first put up a tree in 1931.
Dolly Parton adds pandemic hero to list of accomplishments
BOSTON – Dolly Parton is being celebrated in song — a rewritten version of her own “Jolene” — for her contribution to an experimental coronavirus vaccine. Northeastern University associate English professor Ryan Cordell posted a video on Twitter of himself performing a tweaked version of Parton's signature song, renamed “Vaccine," that has drawn tens of thousands of views. The lyrics, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / I’m begging of you, please go in my arm / Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine / Please just keep me safe from COVID harm," were written by linguist and author Gretchen McCulloch, who posted them online and invited people to record them. “So I went and grabbed my guitar.”Parton’s $1 million gift to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center helped researchers develop Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine, announced this week. The positive reaction to his video from doctors, nurses and other medical professionals is particularly gratifying, he said.
Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Dua Lipa to be honored by Billboard
NEW YORK – Cardi B has only released one major single this year — the hit “WAP" — but it's enough for Billboard to name her Woman of the Year. Billboard announced the honor Wednesday and the Grammy-winning rapper will be celebrated at the music brand's 15th Annual Women in Music Event, which will stream live on Dec. 10 at billboardwomeninmusic.com at 8 p.m. EDT. Jennifer Lopez will receive the Icon Award at the event and Dolly Parton will earn the Powerhouse Award. Other honorees include pop star Dua Lipa (Powerhouse Award), R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle (Rising Star Award) and singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez (Impact Award). Outside of “WAP" — which co-stars Megan Thee Stallion and spent four weeks at No.
Dove Awards name for KING & COUNTRY top artist
FILE - Joel Smallbone, right, and Luke Smallbone of For King and Country appear at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Oct. 11, 2016. The brother duo earned their first artist of the year award at the Gospel Music Associations Dove Awards, which aired on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, without an audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brother duo for KING & Country earned their first artist of the year award at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, which aired on Friday without an audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luke and Joel Smallbone, who perform as for KING & COUNTRY, also picked up an award for short form video of the year for their duet with Dolly Parton. Tasha Cobbs Leonard won gospel artist of the year and rapper Kayne West, who is on the ballot in some states as a presidential candidate, won for rap/hip hop recorded song of the year, his first Dove Award.
Trailblazer Charley Pride to get lifetime achievement award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trailblazing country music star Charley Pride will get a lifetime achievement award at the CMA Awards in November. 1 hits between the 1960s and 1980s, with songs like “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” and “Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone.”Pride, 82, will accept the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on the CMA Awards on Nov. 11 on ABC. Pride was named CMA Entertainer of the year in 1971 and won male artist of the year in 1971 and 1972. He has three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Other recipients of the award include Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson.
Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards
In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for Drinking Alone during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (CMT via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she'll need to make more room on her shelf. The superstar picked up two more trophies for video of the year and female video of the year in a remotely shot awards show. "I am so proud to be a part of this legacy of women in country music with you. Singer Granger Smith won for his on-the-nose music video called “Don't Cough On Me!"
Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker take over as CMA Awards hosts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country stars Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are promising laughs and good music when they co-host this year's CMA Awards in November. McEntire, a Country Music Hall of Famer and veteran host of country music awards shows, returns after hosting last year with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. Pride was the first Black country artist to co-host the awards show, in 1975 with Glen Campbell. And to be here 14 years later hosting with Reba freaking McEntire? Although the pandemic may change some behind-the-scenes production, McEntire promised she would keep up her awards show tradition of multiple outfit changes throughout the broadcast.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas movie to premiere on Netflix
Dolly Parton has a new Christmas movie coming to Netflix. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” will be out Nov. 22, the streaming service announced. The movie stars Christine Baranski, as a rich, unpleasant woman who returns to her small town to evict everyone, but she has a change of heart after encounters with townspeople and an angel, played by Parton. [TRENDING: Disney announces layoffs| Presidential debate quickly turned into a brawl| 12-year-old boy causes crash while driving mom’s stolen car]The musical features original songs by the country artist. Ahead of Netflix’s announcement, Parton released the song “Christmas on the Square” from her upcoming holiday album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78
FILE - Musician Mac Davis performs at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter, died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was named 1974’s entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “A small town boy who’d achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man,” said country star Kenny Chesney.
Mural highlights Dolly Parton's Black Lives Matter quote
A mural of Dolly Parton is seen outside The 5 Spot, a music club in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Artist Kim Radford said Dolly fans from around the world have contacted her about the mural, which contains a quote from Parton about her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Sakai Harrison poses for a portrait after leading his clients through a rigorous workout on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Harrison moved to New York to try to make it as a personal trainer and designer - but his gym shuttered early in the pandemic, and after weeks of struggling to both pay the rent and put food in his fridge, he knew what he had to do. He moved back to Georgia for greater stability. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)