Santa came early: ‘National treasure’ Dolly Parton adds three new Guinness World Records to her name

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Music icon Dolly Parton will be celebrating this Christmas with three new gifts under her tree after racking up three new awards highlighting her seven-decade-long career.

The Guinness World Records Association presented the 75-year-old with three new certificates marking her achievements as a country singing artist, including breaking her own record of U.S. Hot Country Songs by a female artist with an astounding 109 hit songs to make the list.

In the Nashville presentation, she also received two new titles as a female artist for the most decades – seven to be precise- and the most Number 1 hits – at a whopping 25 songs – to make the list.

“This is the kind of stuff that really makes you very humble and very grateful for everything that’s happened,” Parton commented. “I had no idea that I would be in Guinness World Records this many times! I am flattered and honored. I’ve had a lot of people help me get here. Thanks to all of you and all of them for helping me have all of this.”

“I’ve loved being able to make a living in the business that I love so much,” Parton said. “I’ve been so fortunate to see my dreams come true, and I just hope to continue for as long as I can. You’re going to have to knock me down to stop me!”

Parton’s career began with “Something Fishy” and “Dumb Blonde” in 1967 but Parton explained in the exclusive Guinness World Records interview that her favorite song was the twangy “The Coat of Many Colors” inspired by a true story of her childhood in Tennessee because it rings “truer and more genteel” to her than any other song she has written. The same song later inspired a 2015 TV movie.

In March, Parton celebrated her 50th Grammy nomination for best contemporary Christian music performance/song for her song “There Was Jesus,” which was a collaborative effort with Zach Williams. “Just Someone I Used to Know” earned her her first Grammy nomination in 1970.

But, despite her unparalleled success, Parton has been known for her humility in her musical accomplishments.

“It’s always special. You always love to be acknowledged,” Parton said after receiving her 50th Grammy nomination, according to AP News. “Like I’ve always said, ‘I don’t work for awards and rewards.’”

Many applauded her accomplishments on social media, calling the singer and songwriter a “national treasure.”


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