Dolly Parton turns 72, earns honors from Emmys, Guinness World Records

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Dolly Parton has had a successful 2018 so far.

Parton celebrates her 72nd birthday Friday, and Sony Music announced she has received honors from the Emmys, Guinness World Records and the Recording Industry Association of America — since the year began.

"What a fantastic way to start off a new year," Parton said in the release. "By being honored by the Emmys, RIAA and Guinness World Records folks! I am so flattered and proud!"

Parton received honors from the Emmys for her work on Smoky Mountains Rise, her telethon that raised more than $9 million for the My People Fund, which was used to help victims of the Nov. 28, 2016, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, wildfires.

MORE: Dolly Parton's wildfire relief fund benefited Gatlinburg victims, study shows

She, along with collaborators Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling, are nominated for a 32nd Midsouth Regional Emmy Award in the community service category for their work on Smoky Mountains Rise, according to the Sony Music news release.

During the ceremony, Parton and the Dollywood Foundation will be given the Governors' Award for outstanding achievement in community service.

The awards ceremony will be streamed at 9 p.m. ET Saturday from Nashville's Music City Center. For more information on the ceremony, visit the regional Emmys website.

Parton also gained a spot in the record books in 2018. She was recognized for holding records for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart and Most Hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist, according to the news release.

MORE: Dolly Parton earns two Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records came to Nashville to present Parton her record title certificates, and she is featured in the 2018 edition of Guinness World Records.

"To receive these two Guinness World Records is so great!" Parton said in the release. "Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it's going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!"

The Recording Industry Association of America presented Parton with four plaques honoring her music.

The organization awarded its gold certification to her recordings of "I Will Always Love You," and "Jolene." Both have amassed more than 500,000 digital sales and streams, according to the news release.

Her song "9 To 5" was awarded platinum certification with more than 1 million digital sales and streams.

She also received an award related to Whitney Houston's recording of "I Will Always Love You." Parton is the sole songwriter of the track, and she was honored when the song received triple-platinum certification for more than 3 million digital sales and streams, the news release said.

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