Dolly Parton and Chris Stapleton to Receive Special Honors

Parton Named CMA’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Stapleton Gets ASCAP Vanguard Award

Fresh from headlining two nights at the Hollywood Bowl on her Pure and Simple tour, Dolly Parton has been named the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2 in Nashville.

The honor is presented to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music and has proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on popular culture. The previous recipients are Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash.

In her lifetime, Parton has won nine CMA awards, including 1978’s entertainer of the year, and has attained 25 No. 1 singles. In 1981, she was nominated for an Oscar for best original song for writing the title theme of 9 to 5, which featured her film debut. She is a Kennedy Center honoree and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In other news related to the upcoming CMA Week in Nashville, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will present the ASCAP Vanguard Award to Chris Stapleton at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Oct. 31 at the Ryman Auditorium.

The award is presented to ASCAP members who have had a significant impact in shaping the future of American music. Previous recipients include Walk the Moon, St. Vincent, fun., Third Day, Band of Horses and Sara Bareilles.

Stapleton heads to this year’s CMA Awards with five nominations, including entertainer of the year.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.