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Country queen Dolly Parton refuses to slow down

Singer Dolly Parton, pictured in February 2019 is up for her 50th Grammy Award nominatio.
Singer Dolly Parton, pictured in February 2019 is up for her 50th Grammy Award nominatio.

US: Dolly Parton may have twice turned down Donald Trump's Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the ageless queen of country has multiple irons in the fire including an ad appearance during Sunday's Super Bowl.

The pop culture icon Dolly Parton who penned megahits like "I Will Always Love You" and workingwoman call to arms "9 to 5" now says she remains unsure whether she would accept the highest civilian honour from the nation's new President Joe Biden because it would appear too political.

Trump gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to one musician, Elvis Presley. Late in his term he controversially bestowed the award on two members of Congress loyal to the president through his two impeachments.

Former President Barack Obama gave the medal to several music legends including Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan, but in November he said it was "a mistake" not to award Parton.

"I think I assumed that she'd already got one and that was incorrect," Obama told the CBS Late Show. "I'm surprised, she deserves one."

Parton, at 75, has remained relentlessly busy. She is up for a Grammy Award -- her 50th nomination -- in March and wrote music for the 2018 Netflix coming-of-age movie "Dumplin'." She is the subject of a popular podcast, and is hawking a new perfume. Parton just cut a digital-age version of her classic "9 to 5," the track from her 1980 blockbuster film of the same name, to feature in her first ad during an American football championship game. In the spot by website hosting company Squarespace, Parton reimagines her feminist anthem as "5 to 9," a nod to the side hustle culture so many people have embraced in the new millennium.

When she turned 75, on January 19, she offered an uplifting message to her five million Twitter followers: "This year my birthday wish is a call for kindness." - AFP