NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – “Country music’s biggest night” is happening Wednesday, the 53rd annual CMA awards, with this year honoring country music greats.
One of those greats is East Tennessee’s own Dolly Parton, who is a special guest host along with other guest host Reba McEntire and host Carrie Underwood.
If it seems like Dolly Parton is busier than ever, you might be right.
Between producing, acting, singing, appearances at Dollywood, charity work and prepping for the CMAs, even Dolly herself has been questioning this surge in interest.
WATE 6 On Your Side Anchor Kristin Farley sat down with Dolly’s longtime business partner Ted Miller, who can be seen in WATE archive footage during the early days of Dollywood 30 years ago. Miller has worked alongside Dolly ever since.
Miller says Dolly has made every concerted effort to stay out of controversy and to stay relevant.
“She said she wishes she could understand she is more popular than she’s ever been in her life,” Miller told Farley. “A lot of music stars think of having a career that goes ’til 40 -maybe, then spend rest of their time….(on the backside). It just isn’t true with her. I think at every age, her heart and her mind creates things of that time.”
Live coverage ahead of the big awards show at The Bridgestone Arena will begin Wednesday. The CMA Awards begin at 87c.