Dolly Parton Reacts To Being A Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee
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Dolly Parton has officially been named a 2022 inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The news comes just weeks after Dolly rejected the nomination saying, “I don’t feel that I have earned that right.” But, the hall of fame refused her rejection, eventually voting for her to be an official member of the prestigious hall.
The 76-year-old eventually relented and said she would “accept gracefully.” Parton took to social media after the news of her official induction was released on Wednesday (May 4) to issue a statement about the honor.
“I am honored and humbled by the fact that I have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course I will accept it gracefully. Thanks to everyone that voted for me and to everyone at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I will continue to work hard and try to live up to the honor. Love, Dolly,” she wrote.
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Parton initially had reservations about her nomination because she didn’t consider herself a rock artist. But, after some clarification about the honor, she feels “great” about it, she told Billboard in a new interview.
“I feel honored that all the people that voted for me did. And I appreciate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame people for staying there with me,” Parton said. “I never meant to cause trouble or stir up any controversy.”
“It was just always my belief — and I think millions of other people out there too — always thought the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was just set up for the greatest people in the rock ‘n’ roll business, and I just didn’t feel like I really measured up to that and I don’t want to take anything away from the people that have worked so hard.”
Dolly Parton isn’t the first country artist to be honored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The “I Will Always Love You” singer will join Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and Hank Williams in the hall. Her official induction will take place in November.