Only “Extra” Special Correspondent Alecia Davis sat down with Dolly Parton as she celebrated 50 years of being a Grand Ole Opry member.
Dolly was thrilled about marking the occasion, saying, “I’m been excited about this whole week and having 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. With all the wonderful friends and stars that are going to help me celebrate this, why not be excited and enjoy every bit of it?”
She said she can’t believe it has been 50 years! “That was my dream as a child, to sing at the Opry and become a member.”
Remembering when she was first inducted, she added, “That night that I became a member was at the time, I think, the highlight for my life.”
Parton’s work and her personal story have touched generations around the world. The Korean pop band BTS was mouthing the words to her hit “Jolene” at the Grammys. She told us, “Those boys singing my song — I thought that was so cool!”
In other news, her goddaughter Miley Cyrus has been in the headlines following her spilt with husband Liam Hemsworth.
Dolly commented, “Miley is Miley. Miley is living her life. If she ain’t got drama, she will create it, 'cause she’s a living soul. She is like me. Miley is so talented. She has a good head on her shoulders. I think she does some stuff just for shock value, and just because she’s young she can afford that. I will never, ever bad-mouth Miley, no matter what she does. I just always hope she comes out the other end alright.”