Dolly Parton Turns Off Course in Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Decision

Dolly Parton is ready to rock.

The country music icon told NPR on Friday that she has changed her mind about her invitation to join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Parton, 76, previously tried to withdraw her nomination but now says she will “graciously accept”.

“I would just say thank you and I will accept it because the fans vote. But when I said that, I always believed that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I’ve been behind it lately It has come to be that it isn’t necessarily,” the ten-time Grammy winner told NPR.

“But if [rock musicians] can’t go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I just felt like I was going to take someone who might have deserved it, certainly more than me, because I’ve never considered myself a rock artist,” she added. “But obviously there’s more to it. ”

Dolly Parton performs on Day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

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In March, Parton said she was “extremely flattered and grateful” to be nominated for the honor, but was willing to decline.

“I don’t want votes to be divided because of me, so I have to bow respectfully,” said the “9 to 5” actor. “I really hope the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand me and be willing to reconsider me — if I’m ever worthy.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later defended its decision to nominate Parton, suggesting that the singer-songwriter be nominated despite her wishes.

Dolly Parton performs "The Tonight Show" on August 23, 2016.
Dolly Parton performs on “The Tonight Show” on August 23, 2016.

“Dolly Parton’s music influenced a generation of fans and influenced countless artists to follow,” the release read. “Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as any other eligible artist.”

“Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 for the class of 2022, was sent out earlier this month to our 1,200 general voters, the majority of whom are artists themselves, to consider for introduction at our ceremony,” it explained.

The Rock & Roll inductees are expected to be announced in May 2022, with the induction ceremony in the fall.

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