Neil Patrick Harris donned a shiny tux and a big smile, hosting the Tony Awards last night at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Broadway veteran John Stamos and newcomer Anne Hathaway were among the stars who stepped out to present awards. Dolly Parton, Stockard Channing and Elton John took the stage, as well as Bret Michaels who injured himself during the big opening number. Liza Minnelli beat out Will Ferrell's George Bush impersonation for Best Special Theatrical Event — see all the winners here — but Will didn't seem to mind as he and the rest of the audience enjoyed a night filled with music and laughter.
Well, this was the highlight of my weekend: official GiggleSugar girl crush Dolly Parton strutted her stuff on 60 Minutes last night and told a story about how as a little girl, she wanted to be a piglet so bad, she tried suckling a mama pig. Somehow, it's cute when she says it. Don't worry, Dolly: you're not the only one!
Jessica Simpson's gone country, y'all! As her debut country album careens toward a record store near you (check it out officially Sept. 9), we've heard some previews already — but now here's our first listen to Simpson's duet with Dolly Parton on the album's title track, "Do You Know?"
There is no question how deep my love for Dolly runs, and in my opinion, her small parts on this duet outshine Simpson's vocals by about a mile. And as Idolator points out, if you listen to the lyrics closely, you realize they're singing about some pretty sexy times to each other, so that's a strange visual. Anyway, let's put it to a vote!
Curvaceous country music artist, Dolly Parton has made over 50 records, she has appeared in more than 10 films, and she even writes most of her own music. Did you know that Dolly has 26 number-one singles! She has also always epitomized over-the-top beauty with ultralong nails, big hair, and perfect lipstick.
The singing legend definitely seems to have beauty in her blood, something she demonstrated in her performance as a "glamour technician" in the 1990 film Steel Magnolias. Do you think you can tell which of the following are beauty products and which are her songs? Take my quiz for the ultimate Dolly Parton challenge.
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When reflecting on all things American this 4th of July, I think of apple pie, representative democracy, Elvis, reality television, stuff like that. Of all the things I associate with this land of ours, few things strike me as uniquely American as country music, and whether you love it or loathe it, I bet you know a thing or two about it.
Some of the best musical artists we Americans get to claim came out of this genre, including Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton. So in honor of this grand country and some of music's greats, I challenge you to test your knowledge about country music!Take the Quiz
The indie band Ida recently premiered their cover version of Dolly Parton's "The Pain of Loving You," and it's lovely. The New York City band, which formed in 1992, has a sound that is evocative of Iron and Wine, or a calmer, more pared down Belle and Sebastian. It's a sound that works well for the Dolly cover which will be a part of their forthcoming EP, My Fair, My Dark. We've all heard Dolly Parton remakes before (most notably Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and The White Stripes' "Jolene") and often the artist tends to do something dramatically different. What's refreshing about the Ida cover is that it stays true to Dolly's bluegrass-y, folk sound. You can listen to both versions below, and If you like what you hear, check out Ida's latest CD titled Lovers Prayers.
To listen to the Ida version, just press play below.
To hear the Dolly Parton version (with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris), read more
There's been a little dust-up on the Internet surrounding the new Weezer album cover (pictured above), as some bloggers assumed it was a joke because it looks . . . a bit weird. The band's publicist had to make an awkward statement to the contrary, saying, "Yes, that's absolutely the cover. It's what they chose. They looked at a bunch of mockups, and that's the one they decided to go with. It's not a joke."
I'm glad people actually care about this and that album art is not dead in the mp3 age. When done well, it adds to the overall effect of an album. When done poorly? Well, then it's either totally hilarious or just plain awful. Of course, this made me think of some of my favorite ludicrously bad album covers. Seriously, check out that Dolly Parton album art: Dolly's head is bubbling up from a pool as Dolly herself looks on.
And Blake. Poor Blake. What the heck was he thinking? Idolator once nominated his visually assaulting cover the worst of the year. As for Paula Abdul, I didn't remember her Spellbound art right away, but I took a wild stab in the dark that she'd have a ridiculous cover out there somewhere. Bingo!
Which album covers make you laugh — or, worse, make you stay away from the music?
Country superstar Dolly Parton has a busy 2008 planned. Not only is she writing the score for a Broadway rendition of her 1980 movie 9 to 5, but she's also working on a television show for children and an autobiographical musical. Now she's hoping to launch a cosmetics line of her own.
Dolly told Billboard Magazine:
I want my own cosmetics line. When I first came [to Nashville] I really was the backwoods Barbie. Too much makeup, too much hair, the big boobs, country girl straight out of the mountains. It’s hard to take somebody looking like that serious, I guess, so I had to work double hard to prove myself.
Dolly has famously said, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." I kinda love her for poking fun at her over-the-top appearance, and because she's so sweet (and a philanthropist!) I could imagine checking out one of her lipsticks for fun. Would you?
The recent casting news about Allison Janney reminded me that Janney is also set to perform in the Broadway musical version of the 1980 movie 9 to 5, which starred Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. The stage musical will premiere in Los Angeles in September and then move on to New York.
I gotta say, I'm pretty excited to see this show! I love the movie, and I can see it becoming a really fun musical. What about you? Do you think this will be a great movie-to-Broadway musical adaptation? Or will it just be silly?