Dolly Parton gets $100m award from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

Country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton has been awarded a $100m (£84.8m) prize by Jeff Bezos to use for charitable causes.

The multi-billionaire founder of Amazon announced the award alongside his partner, Lauren Sanchez.

"A woman who contributes with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every element of her career," Ms. Sanchez said of the country artist.

The money will be available for Parton to contribute to any charities of her choosing.

Leaders who "pursue solutions with courage and civility" are honoured with the Bezos Courage & Civility Award.

Ms. Sanchez remarked, "We can't wait to see all the good you're going to do with this $100 million reward."

In a ceremony video that was published, Parton said: "Wow! You said $100 million, correct?"