“Every country person’s dream is… to be part of the CMAs and to win the CMA award,” Parton said during an interview for the ABC News special, “All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards With Robin Roberts," which airs on Monday. Oct. 31 on ABC.
"You never get over that, or I certainly never have,” she added
At 28 years old, Parton won her first CMA Award in 1968 with her mentor and then-singing partner Porter Wagoner.
“Just the excitement of winning a big award like that… there’s nothing like the first,” she said.
By 1975, she had won her first Female Vocalist of the Year.
“I just felt more than anything, as an artist, that I had been accepted as a singer,” Parton said of that moment. “So that made me feel real proud, and I felt like those dreams were beginning to really build and come true.”
Three years later, she won the coveted Entertainer of the Year award, and used a coat to cover a minor wardrobe malfunction.
“I remember that night, my dress was tight… and the fabric was so thin,” Parton said. “I sat down in front there and my whole dress started ripping, and right in front too.”
Almost as famous as her music is Parton’s changing look over the years -- big blonde hair and all.
“I never just can get over that hair,” she said, laughing. “I guess all country girls, you just think you have to have big hair… to me, I had to have big hair and a Cadillac to say I had arrived in country music.”
Watch the ABC News special, “All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards With Robin Roberts," on Monday. Oct. 31 on ABC.