Dolly Parton explains why she first declined a candidacy for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Dolly Parton declines candidacy for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dolly Parton claims she didn’t mean any disrespect when she initially declined her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
It’s not that she didn’t appreciate the distinction; she just didn’t think she was deserving, as she said in a recent Billboard interview.
“I am humbled by the fact that everyone who voted for me did so. And I appreciate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame staff’s willingness to stay with me. “I never intended to generate any controversy,” she explained.
“It was just always my belief — and I believe millions of other people’s as well — that 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 who have worked so hard,” she continued.
“So I simply wanted to get away before it got bad,” she explained. “Of course, I found out later that it’s a lot more.” … I’m honored and humbled by the honor, and I’ll do my best to live up to it.”
Parton declined her nomination in March when her name was revealed as part of a shortlist of musicians up for consideration.
“I don’t believe that I have earned that privilege,” she wrote on Instagram at the time, “even though I am tremendously honored and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” “I don’t want votes split because of me, so I’m going to respectfully withdraw.”
She changed her mind a month later. “I’ll take it graciously.” “I’ll just say ‘Thank you,’ and I’ll accept it,” she told NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
The Hall of Fame then announced their honorees for 2022 on May 4, including Parton, who was on the ballot for the first time.
“I am honored and humbled by the fact that I have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Parton wrote in the caption of a graphic provided by the Hall of Fame, which contained a vintage photo of herself.
Of course, I will gently take it. Thank you to everyone who voted for me, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame staff. I’ll keep working hard and attempting to live up to the honor. Dolly, love.”
Reba McEntire, a longtime friend, and fellow performer, also shared the news on Instagram, posting a photo of herself with Parton.
“A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll,” she wrote. “Congratulations on your Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Dolly!”
The Queen of Country intimated that a rock album could be on the way now that she has been officially inducted.
She told Billboard, “I had actually thought about that before I ever got nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
“I’ve always wanted to make a fantastic rock record, and that’s exactly what I’m going to accomplish.” I’m not sure when, but I’ll make one.”
And Parton already has some fantastic ideas for the album.
She stated, “I love The Rolling Stones.” “I’ve always wanted to do ‘Satisfaction,'” she says. One of my husband’s favorite songs is that one.
I may have to pull Mick’s boys up there to assist me with the singing. I considered writing a song called ‘Rock of Ages,’ in which I bring together all of the great old rock ‘n’ rollers, individuals I have always adored and respected.”
Parton, 76, will be recognized alongside Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon in Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Nov. 5.
The singer also stated that she hasn’t decided whether or not she will attend the induction ceremony, but if she does?
“Just to prove that I can do it,” she remarked, “I’m going to sing the hardest style rock ‘n’ roll song I can generate.”