Dolly Parton thinks women should “take control of their own business.”
“I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like Dolly Parton. And it’s safe to say if they don’t like her, it’s only because they love her,” Miley Cyrus said of her “fairy godmother.” “Dolly Parton has influenced music beyond her own genre,” she added.
“Dolly has paved the way for other women songwriters, encouraging them to take ownership and get the credit that they deserve — an issue many women in the songwriting industry still struggle with today. When Elvis sought to record Dolly’s ‘I Will Always Love You,’ Dolly famously said no, keeping control of her song that Elvis wanted half of the publishing royalties to. Slay all day, Dolly,” Cyrus said.
“Well, thank you so much for this hitmaker award and who better than my little fairy goddaughter Miley to present it to me. Thank you, Miley,” Parton began.
“I’m very appreciative of this. I’ve been with Billboard for so many years, had so many hits on the charts there and I’m very grateful for that. Of course, I’m proud of all of the wonderful women in show business that write all of these wonderful songs,” she continued.
“I’d like to acknowledge a few — some of them older kind of back in my day. Cindy Walker, who wrote some of the greatest songs ever and of course Loretta Lynn, wonderful wonderful songwriter. And this day in time, of course, Taylor Swift, she’s just right up there, probably number one. And of course, Brandi Carlile, there’s just so many” Parton said. “I think it’s so important that we acknowledge the women that write and sing in country music. And I think it’s also very important that they take control of their own business.”