Dolly Parton, a philanthropist, and star of country music has received a $100 million (£84.8 million) reward from Jeff Bezos.
The multibillionaire founder of Amazon and his partner Lauren Sanchez announced the honor.
Parton is “a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work,” according to Ms. Sanchez.
Leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and civility” are honored with the Bezos Courage & Civility Award.
“We can’t wait to see all the good that you’re going to do with this $100 million award,” she said.
In a video of the ceremony shared online, Parton commented “Wow! Did you say $100 million?”
“I think people who are in a position to help should put their money where their heart is. I will do my best to do good things with this money,” she added.
The award was established in 2001, and the first winners were the activist Van Jones and the chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, who founded World Central Kitchen and supplies meals to communities affected by disasters all over the world.
Earlier this month, Parton—a musician, actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist—was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
She established the Dollywood Foundation, which has distributed books to children all around the world and has a history of publicly supporting charities.
Additionally, Parton has been a strong proponent of Covid-19 immunization.
She helped Moderna by giving $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for coronavirus research.