Dolly Parton made her album debut in 1967 with ‘Hello, I’m Dolly,’ after achieving success as a songwriter for others. Dolly previously stated that she does not want to split the votes this year and leave out a deserving inductee. Dolly appears to have recently changed her mind and is now prepared to accept the nomination.
Dolly Parton changed her mind six weeks after withdrawing from consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, claiming she hadn’t “earned that right.” In a new interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, the country icon stated that if she is voted, she will receive the honor. “I’ll accept gracefully,” she said. “I’ll say ‘thanks’ and accept that.”
Her initial reaction to the nomination was based on a misunderstanding of the institution, she explained that she is now “gracefully accepting” the honor.
“Well, I’ll accept gracefully. I would just say thanks and I’ll accept it because the fans vote. 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.”
Parton is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time, joining artists such as Beck, Devo, Kate Bush, Eminem, Rage Against the Machine, Carly Simon, and others.
The iconic country singer said in a statement on March 10th that while she was “extremely flattered and grateful” for the nomination, she didn’t believe she deserved it. “I really do not want votes split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” she said at the time.
Days later, the Rock Hall announced that Parton would remain on its ballot 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 said, and explained the decision.
“From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed.”
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