Dolly Parton Says She’ll “Accept Gracefully” if She’s Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2022
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2022

Dolly Parton gracefully turned down her nomination for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, however the Rock Hall opted to depart her on the poll. So what occurs if she does get inducted? The 10-time Grammy winner addressed that very query in an interview with NPR on Friday.

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“Well, I’ll accept gracefully. I would just say thanks and I’ll accept it because the fans vote,” Parton shared. “But when I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it’s not necessarily that.

But if they can’t go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously, there’s more to it than that.”

The nomination marks Parton’s first for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the singer-songwriter being nominated alongside artists together with Beck, Devo, Kate Bush, Eminem, Rage Against the Machine, Carly Simon and others.

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The iconic nation star had issued a press release March 10 saying that whereas she was “extremely flattered and grateful” for the nomination, she didn’t really feel that she had earned the proper. “I really do not want votes split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” she stated on the time.

Days later, the Rock Hall issued a press release to say that it was retaining Parton on its poll for the Class of 2022. “In addition to her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason Dolly is a beloved icon by millions of fans around the world,” it stated, and defined the choice.

“From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. It isn’t outlined by anybody style, relatively a sound that strikes youth tradition. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a era of younger followers and influenced numerous artists that adopted.