CMT teams up with the legendary Dolly Parton for epic Holly Dolly Christmas channel takeover on Saturday, December 5th


All-day Christmas extravaganza with “CMT’s Holly Dolly Christmas Movie Marathon” featuring classic holiday films, Dolly-themed “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” and more

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NASHVILLE -- (November 30) -- Tis the season to be Dolly! Today, CMT and global country music icon Dolly Parton announced an epic all-day Christmas extravaganza on Saturday, December 5th featuring a full Dolly channel takeover that includes a holiday movie marathon, classic music videos, a full episode of “CMT Hot 20 Countdown,” personal anecdotes from Dolly and more.

Kicking off the holiday festivities will be an entirely Dolly-themed episode of “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” at 9am ET/8am CT. Hosted by CMT’s Katie Cook, the show will welcome Dolly as its only guest of the weekend to chat about her new album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, preview the holiday movie marathon and take a look back at her 30+ year history with CMT.

The main event - “CMT’s Holly Dolly Christmas Movie Marathon” - will begin directly following the episode and feature the most iconic Dolly films of all time: Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors,Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, Unlikely AngelandSteel Magnolias. Throughout the marathon, fans can expect some fun Dolly surprises including personal holiday reflections and Christmas memories from Dolly herself, a tease for her upcoming CBS special and much more to make this ‘Holly Dolly Christmas’ unforgettable.

Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Recently, her Christmas album “A Holly Dolly Christmas reached #1 on the Country charts. Parton reached #1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay Chart for the first time for her duet with Grammy award-winning Zach Williams of “There Was Jesus,” as well received her first Dove Award for short form video for her collaboration with for King & Country on the song “God Only Knows.” Parton is the first artist to have topped the Billboard’s Adult Contemporary, Christian AC Songs, Hot Country Songs, Christian Airplay, Country Airplay and Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio charts. Parton recently became the first country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has 46 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide. Her 2016 #1 album, “Pure & Simple,” which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, added to that massive tally. She has garnered ten Grammy Awards and 49 nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2020 win with for KING & COUNTRY for their collaboration on "God Only Knows"; 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including a nod for Entertainer of the Year; four People’s Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Parton has donated over 147 million books to children around the world with her Imagination Library. Her children's book, Coat of Many Colors, was dedicated to the Library of Congress to honor the Imagination Library's 100 millionth book donation. From her “Coat of Many Colors” while working “9 to 5,” no dream is too big and no mountain too high for the country girl who turned the world into her stage.

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