Dolly Parton to Be Honored at Billboard Women In Music Event

She'll receive the magazine's Hitmaker Award.

Written by Chris Parton
Dolly Parton to Be Honored at Billboard Women In Music Event
Dolly Parton; Photo credit: Miller Mobley

Country legend Dolly Parton will be honored by Billboard magazine at its 15th Annual Women in Music Event next month, being recognized as an inspiration for female leaders everywhere.

Celebrating the women who defined music in 2020, the event will shine a light on Parton for the powerful presence she continues to be, even in the midst of a pandemic. But she’s not the only artist being singled out. The event will also honor Cardi B, Chloe x Halle, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez and Jessie Reyez, and fans can watch it live December 10 on at 8 pm EST.

During the broadcast, Parton will the Hitmaker Award, which “recognizes a songwriter whose compositions have impacted the culture in a crucial way.” A profilic writer since her arrival in Nashville in the late ’60s, that definition suits Parton to a “t.” She’s not only proved that women can be just as successful as their male counterparts in country, she’s also penned countless tunes that encourage women to take charge of their own dreams and stand proudly on their own — starting with her very first country single, “Dumb Blonde.”

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Meanwhile, rapper Cardi B will be presented with the Woman of the Year Award, while actress and singer Jennifer Lopez will receive the Icon Award. Breakout pop star Dua Lipa will receive the Powerhouse Award, with Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas sharing the Executive of the Year Award. Sisters Chloe x Halle will receive the Rising Star Award Presented by Honda, and Jessie Reyez will be honored with the American Express Impact Award.

Billboard’s 15th Annual Women in Music Event will be hosted by singer-songwriter and acclaimed director and producer Teyana Taylor. Dolly Parton continues to make news in recent weeks, announcing a handful of Christmas specials to join her A Holly Dolly Christmas album, and being revealed as a financial backer of the new COVID-19 vaccine.