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Dolly Parton Honored With 'Billboard's' Hitmaker Award

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Add Hitmaker Award to the many accolades bestowed upon Country Music Hall of Fame member and COVID-19 vaccine research funder Dolly Parton. It's one of several awards to be handed out at Billboard's 15th annual Women in Music event.

Parton's just the second winner of the Hitmaker Award, which "recognizes a songwriter whose compositions have impacted the culture in a crucial way." Charli XCX was the inaugural honoree in 2014.

The music industry event will be streamed on the official Billboard Women in Music site on December 10 at 7 p.m. CST. It will be hosted this year by singer-songwriter, director and producer Teyana Taylor.

Other major awards handed out on Dec. 10 include the Woman of the Year, won this year by rapper Cardi B. Reba McEntire took home the inaugural Woman of the Year award in 2007. Taylor Swift's the only two-time winner (2011, 2014). Also, actor and pop star Jennifer Lopez will join an Icon Award winner lineage featuring the likes of Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, Mary J. Blige and Shania Twain.

Additional country music artists honored on past broadcasts include Loretta Lynn (the 2015 Legend Award) Maren Morris (the 2016 Breakthrough Artist Award) and Kelsea Ballerini (the 2015 Rising Star Award).

Per Billboard, #theshowmustbepaused organizers Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas will be honored with the 2020 Executive of the Year Award. Dua Lipa will win the Powerhouse Award, while sisters Chloe X Halle are your Rising Star Award recipients and Jessie Reyez will take home the American Express Impact Award.

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The announcement comes at a busy time for Parton. She's been promoting Netflix's holiday season musical Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square and her first Christmas album in 30 years, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Duet partners on the holiday album range from comedian Jimmy Fallon and crooner Michael Buble to Parton's goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.

The country music legend's other new projects include her new book Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics. As its title telegraphs, the book tells the stories behind some of the biggest songs from Parton's multi-Grammy award-winning career.

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Dolly Parton Honored With 'Billboard's' Hitmaker Award