Dolly Parton has a change of heart on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will 'accept gracefully' if inducted

Dolly Parton just might become a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite her own skepticism — and if she does, she’ll ‘accept gracefully I’ll just say thanks.’


“I’ll accept gracefully. I’ll just say, ‘Thanks,’ and I’ll accept it because the fans vote,” she told NPR’s Morning Edition on Friday. “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?”

“I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, ’cause I never considered myself a rock artist,” she said. “But obviously there’s more to it than that.”

In March, Parton said she was “extremely flattered and grateful” to be nominated for the honor but wanted to decline.

“I do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” the “9 to 5” actor said. “I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy.”

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