Dolly Parton Marks 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry With NBC Special

"Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry" will air at 9 p.m. ET. on NBC

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Country superstar Dolly Parton will return to NBC Tuesday night for a special to celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

"Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry" will air at 9 p.m. ET.

The two-hour program takes viewers through Parton’s five-decade history with the Opry, including the anniversary bash that took place Oct. 12 in Nashville, Tennessee, and features a star-studded lineup of other country stars including Hank Williams Jr., Lady Antebellum and Toby Keith, among others.

The 73-year-old actress, singer and songwriter, first played the Opry when she was just a teenager. She joked to reporters before her performance that when the Opry approached her about the anniversary, she told them, "I don't want people to think I'm 50 years old."

"It's actually been 60 because first time I got to sing on the Opry I was 13 years old. And actually Johnny Cash introduced me, I believe. And Jimmy C. Newman had given me his spot."

Parton said she was grateful to still be chasing her dreams and said she's got more film, TV and music projects on the way. 

"I'm just very honored that I'm still around, not only to just get to accept this, that I can actually perform and get out there and still doing what I love to do," Parton said. "And maybe I'll be around another 50 years, who knows. If I'm lucky."

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