Dolly Parton's most eye-catching CMA Awards looks from over the years

When the biggest names in country music convene in Nashville on Wednesday night for the 2019 CMA Awards, they'll be ushered through the night by three of the genre's leading ladies: Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

The co-hosts for the 53rd annual awards show are certainly some of the most lauded legends in country music and, while Underwood has co-hosted the event with Brad Paisley since 2008, and McEntire has been at the show countless times, the gig will actually mark just one of a handful of appearances at country music's most important ceremony for Parton.

While she's been nominated for a whopping 44 CMA Awards since her first nomination in 1968 (and won nine, including Entertainer of the Year in 1978), the "Jolene" hitmaker has only gone to the CMAs a few times, like in 1975 when she accepted Female Vocalist of the Year in person, and in 1988 when she won the award for Vocal Event of the Year for "Trio" with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Three years ago, in 2016, she was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for the CMAs' 50th annual presentation.

Two of her appearances at the CMAs featured performances with other gifted musicians: She performed with Norah Jones in 2003 and Elton John in 2005.

Take a look back at Dolly Parton's memorable looks at the CMAs over the years in the gallery below:

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Dolly Parton at the CMAs through the years
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Dolly Parton at the CMAs through the years
(Original Caption) Dolly Parton radiantly accepts the award as "Female Vocalist of the Year" during this Country Music Association's televised awards show 10/13 night.
NASHVILLE - OCTOBER 10: Country singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, and Dolly Parton backstage before the CMA Award Show Backstage October 10, 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. (photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE - OCTOBER 10: Country singer and songwriter Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Lyle Lovett backstage before the CMA Award Show Backstage October 10, 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. (photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: Singers Norah Jones and Dolly Parton perform onstage the '37th Annual CMA Awards' at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: Singers Norah Jones and Dolly Parton perform onstage the '37th Annual CMA Awards' at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Singer Dolly Parton poses backstage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Singer Dolly Parton poses with her award for Musical Event of the Year backstage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Musician Dolly Parton appears on stage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Dolly Parton performs at the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden November 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Sir Elton John and Dolly Parton perform at the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden November 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Dolly Parton performs "Turn the Lights Out When Your Leave" and "Imagine" (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dolly Parton poses with award backstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dolly Parton accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dolly Parton speaks to the press backstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer Dolly Parton attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/FilmMagic)
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