Country legend Dolly Parton was honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday. She also performed her hit "9 To 5" at the ceremony held at New York's Manhattan hotel.
Dolly said: "Songwriting is my favorite thing to do. It is my private time with God. That's when I feel closest to God even when the songs I'm writing are just God-awful."
Also present were new inductees Jackson Browne who wrote "Running On Empty" and Don Black, who wrote the lyrics for "Born Free" which won an Oscar for Best Original Song after featuring in the 1967 film of the same name.
Michael Masser, who wrote 'Touch Me In The Morning" and Irving Burgie, who wrote "Day-O" songwriter and entertainer John Legend and music publisher and producer Don Kirschner were also inducted on Thursday.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 to celebrate and promote songwriting talent. Previous inductees include Carole King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Hal David and Burt Bacharach.