Dolly Parton is set to receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMAs.
The 70-year-old country legend will be given the prestigious award by the Country Music Association during the 50th Annual CMA Awards which will take place next month.
The CMA describes the award as: “[The award goes to] an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music… an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.”
The prize is named after the Willie Nelson, who was the first recipient of the gong in 2012, and has been awarded to Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash too.
It was TV host Jimmy Kimmel who broke the news that Dolly would be recieving the award.
Speaking about when she met the 83-year-old country rocker, she said: “Willie and I go back all the way to 1964, when I moved to Nashville. [We] got to town about the same time. We both wrote for Combine Music. He looked like a schoolteacher.”
She also went on to say: “We did a duet of a song I wrote, ‘From Here to the Moon and Back’. He put his vocal down first, sent it to me to go in the studio in Nashville to do my part. Trying to sing with him? I was everywhere! I called him up and said, ‘Willie, send me a sack of that grass you’re smokin’, ’cause I can’t follow you.'”
The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on November 2.