Beloved country music star Dolly Parton has been inducted into the 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite “respectfully” withdrawing from contention for the prestigious music honour.
Despite her initial hesitation, Parton took to social media to share that she was “honored and humbled” to be “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,” she wrote.
Parton originally withdrew herself from consideration for the honour when the 9 to 5 hitmaker issued a statement to social media on Monday, March 14, telling fans she “must respectfully bow out”.
Although Parton was “extremely flattered and grateful” for the nomination she felt that she hadn’t “earned that right” to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and hoped the Hall of fame would consider her in the future if she’s “ever worthy”, hinting that she has never released a straight rock and roll album.
“This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do!” she said.
“My husband is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one.”
In a recent interview with NPR the country music star seemed to soften on her stance claiming if she was inducted she would “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 & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it’s not necessarily that,” she said.
“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.”
Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, John Sykes said this year’s “diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock & roll”.
“Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed,” he said.
Parton joined fellow 2022 inductees such as rapper Eminem, British group Duran Duran, pop icon Lionel Richie and pop duo Eurythmics.