It’s official: It’s Dolly Parton’s America. We just live in it.
Dolly Parton’s America was named best music podcast at the 2021 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards, which were presented virtually on Thursday.
The awards event, in its third year, was recorded from multiple locations and streamed on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages and broadcast across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio App.
Office Ladies won the night’s top award, podcast of the year, a socially voted category. Pop Culture Happy Hour won best pop culture podcast. You Must Remember This? took best TV & film podcast.
The event kicked off with a bit by Will Ferrell. The actor — who is behind iHeartRadio’s Anchorman-inspired The Ron Burgundy Podcast — stayed in character, making up his own stats on both the awards show and podcasts.
Gwen Stefani presented the first Seneca women podcast award in partnership with P&G to spoken-word poet Amena Brown of HER With Amena Brown. The award honors women who use their voices to amplify those of other women.
Former first lady and U.S. senator Hillary Clinton presented the icon audible pioneer award to Neil Drumming, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder from Serial Productions.
Conan O’Brien, host of Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, accepted the award for best overall host – male. He playfully told viewers that what separates his podcast from others is his “lack of professionalism.”
Laverne Cox presented the best overall host – female award to Nicole Byer, host of Why Won’t You Date Me. While presenting the award, Cox spoke about her first podcast, which is set to launch in February.
Parton, of course, has received countless awards and nominations for her ventures. Last fall, she received an Emmy nod for outstanding television movie for Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones (Netflix), on which she served as executive producer.
A nine-time Grammy winner, Parton is nominated again this year for best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “There Was Jesus,” a collab with Zach Williams.
Here’s a full list of winners:
Podcast of the year:
Office Ladies (Earwolf, Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey)
Icon award – innovator award:
Icon award – audible audio pioneer award:
Serial Productions (Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder and Neil Drumming)
Icon award – social impact award:
Best crime podcast:
Crime Junkie (AudioChuck)
Best pop culture podcast:
Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR)
Best music podcast:
Dolly Parton’s America (WNYC & OSM Audio)
Best news podcast:
Pod Save America (Crooked)
Best sports podcast:
All the Smoke (The Black Effect Podcast Network)
Best comedy podcast:
The Read (Loud Speakers Network)
Best political podcast:
NPR Politics (NPR)
Best branded podcast:
Humans Growing Stuff (ScottsMiracle-Gro)
Best kids & family podcast:
Wow In The World (NPR)
Best food podcast:
Home Cooking (Samin Nosrat / Hrishikesh Hirway)
Best fiction podcast:
Blood Ties (Wondery)
Best beauty & fashion podcast:
Articles of Interest (Avery Trufelman / 99% Invisible)
Best overall host – female:
Nicole Byer (Why Don’t You Date Me?)
Best overall host – male:
Conan O’Brien (Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend)
Best business & finance podcast:
Pivot (New York magazine)
Best green podcast:
How To Save A Planet (Gimlet)
Best travel podcast:
Travel with Rick Steves (Rick Steves)
Best spirituality & religion podcast:
Elevation with Steven Furtick (Independent)
Best advice / inspirational podcast:
Unlocking Us with Brene Brown (Parcast)
Best TV & film podcast:
You Must Remember This? (Karina Longworth)
Best Spanish-language podcast:
Leyendas Legendarias (Sonoro /All Things Comedy)
Best ad read podcast:
Office Ladies (Earwolf /Stitcher)
Best science podcast:
Radiolab (WNYC Studios)
Best technology podcast:
Rabbit Hole (The New York Times)
Best wellness & fitness podcast:
Therapy for Black Girls (Joy Harden Bradford / iHeartRadio)
Best history podcast:
Revisionist History (Pushkin Industries)
Executive producers for the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards were John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Conal Byrne for iHeartMedia and Ivan Dudynsky and Buzz Chatman, founders of Deviants Media Studio.
For more information, visit iHeartPodcastAwards.com.