ACM’s Special Award Winners Announced

The list of Special Award winners at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards has been announced and includes George Strait, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Reba, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and more. Honorees will be celebrated during the 11th annual ACM Honors ceremony, which will be held at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on August 23. The event will then be broadcast at a later date on CBS.


  • Strait has been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award.
  • Parton will receive the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award.
  • Ballerini will be the recipient of the Gene Weed Milestone Award.
  • Reba has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Mae Boren Axton Service Award.
  • Church will receive the Merle Haggard Spirit Award.
  • Keith and Nelson are among those chosen to receive the Poet’s Award.
  • For the more information about the honorees and the awards click here.

Dolly Parton Surprises Families Recovering From Wildfires

Families affected by last year’s wildfires in East Tennessee have already been receiving $1,000 each month through Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, but they recently noticed an extra surprise when they received their final check. Thanks to fundraising efforts, the Dollywood Foundation officials were able to give a $5,000 check to each family in need to assist in the rebuilding and recovery efforts. That brings the total amount each family received to $10,000.


  • The money was raised by contributions from across the country, as well as donations made through the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon which took place in December.
  • In addition to the money given through monthly check distribution, at least $3 million will be contributed to the Mountain Tough Recovery Team which will help residents during the critical rebuilding period ahead. This program will begin helping families on June 1.
  • People who want to help the Mountain Tough Recovery Team can visit www.mountaintough.org for information on how to donate, how to volunteer and much more.

April 20th: On This Day

On this day in 1959, thirteen-year-old Dolly Parton released her first single called “Puppy Love”. The song was written by Dolly at age 11, with the help from her Uncle Bill Owens.

Dolly and her grandmother, Rena Owens, took the bus for over 30-hours to the recording studio in Lake Charles, Louisiana to record the song.

“Puppy Love” was released by Goldband Records in 1959. “Girl Left Alone” written by Dolly, her Aunt Dorothy Jo Owens and Uncle Bill Owens appeared on side B.

Dolly Parton Gives Hilarious Speech At SAG Awards

Dolly Parton was on hand at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night (1/29) to present her friend Lily Tomlin with the SAG Life Achievement Award. After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, Dolly kept the group of Hollywood A-listers amused with a hilarious speech that was full of her well-known quips and puns. Then, after mentioning that their 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda wasn’t able to attend the tribute due to the flu, Parton welcomed Tomlin on stage and the longtime friends embraced in a hug. Dolly’s speech can be seen here.

Is It Back To TV For Reba?

Reba– who appeared at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon in Nashville last night (12/13) – is reportedly getting back into TV acting as Variety reports that she will star in an untitled project still in development for ABC-TV. The drama is described as a “Southern Gothic soap opera.”


·       The drama is set in motion after a suspected act of terrorism happens at a Fourth of July parade in the small town of Oxblood, Kentucky.

·       Reba’s camp has not confirmed the show as of yet.

Performers Added To Dolly Parton’s Telethon

The list of performers at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon has grown with the addition of and Montgomery Gentry to the lineup. These artists join previously announced performers Parton, Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, who’ll take the stage on December 13 to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund , which was established assist those affected by the recent wildfires in East Tennessee.


·       The three-hour telethon will air nationwide on numerous broadcast partners, such as AXS TV, RFD and The Heartland Network, as well as select on-air platforms, including Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE.

2017 Country Grammy Nominees Announced

All- Genre Best New Artist:


Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance The Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak


Best Country Solo Performance


Love Can Go To Hell

Brandy Clark

Miranda Lambert


My Church

Maren Morris


Church Bells

Carrie Underwood


Blue Ain’t Your Color

Keith Urban


Best Country Duo/Group Performance


Different For Girls

Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King


21 Summer

Brothers Osborne


Setting The World On Fire

Kenny Chesney & P!nk



Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton


Think Of You

Chris Young With Cassadee Pope


Best Country Song


Blue Ain’t Your Color

Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)


Die A Happy Man

Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)


Humble And Kind

Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)


My Church

busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)



Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)


Best Country Album


Big Day In A Small Town

Brandy Clark


Full Circle

Loretta Lynn



Maren Morris


A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson



Keith Urban


The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS on February 12, 2017. 


Breaking: Dollywood Is Evacuated Due To Wildfire – Parton Reacts

Dolly Parton’s signature theme park, Dollywood, has been evacuated due to a raging wildfire that is threatening the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. On Monday night (11/28), the resort staff evacuated families from 50 rooms at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort as well as families staying in 19 cabins at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. An assessment of the property on Tuesday morning (11/29) revealed that there was no damage to the park itself but more than a dozen cabins managed by Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins were damaged or destroyed.


  • Dolly Parton said earlier yesterday (11/29): “I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken.  I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared.”
  • As of Tuesday, the town of Gatlinburg and a portion of Pigeon Forge, where Dollywood is located, were under a mandatory evacuation order.

Country Stars Announced For Christmas In Rockefeller Center

Some of country’s biggest stars will be on hand to perform when NBC celebrates the lighting of one of the world’s most famous Christmas trees in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.  NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center will feature performances by Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, with Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan and Jordan Smith also set to perform. The 84th annual tree lighting will air on November 30 at 8 PM ET on NBC. NBC’s Today show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Rokerand Hoda Kotb will host the broadcast.


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