Dolly Parton responds to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction: ‘I guess I’m a rock star now!’

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5 May 2022, 10:30

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Country music icon Dolly Parton has given her response to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after quite the back-and-forth with the celebrated organisation. 

Back in March, Dolly tried to “bow out” of the running after landing high on the fan ballot, and said she “hadn’t earned the right” to be considered for such an honour. 

The Hall of Fame then turned down her request to be removed from the billing, and two months later, she was listed as an inductee alongside the likes of Duran Duran, Pat Benatar and Lionel Richie. 

After hearing the incredible news, Dolly sat down with Billboard to discuss being inducted, and the rather turbulent journey to get there. 

On how she found out, Dolly said: “[My manager] Danny [Nozell] called me from the office and said, “You’re going to be inducted.” I said, “Really?” I said, “Well, I guess I’m a rock star now,” jokingly.”

Dolly landed in the top 5 of the fan ballot, meaning their votes counted towards her eventual Hall of Fame placement. 

On how she felt knowing the fans had spoken, the 9 To 5 singer added: “I feel great. I feel honoured that all the people that voted for me did. And I appreciate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame people for staying there with me. 

“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. 

“So I just wanted to go pull out before it got started good. I found out later that it’s far more than that, obviously. … I’m very honoured and humbled by [the induction], and so I’ll try to live up to it.”

Dolly is undecided on if she’ll go to the ceremony in November, but did promise to “sing the hardest style rock ‘n’ roll song I could ever muster just to show that I can do it.”

Eminiem, Eurythmics and Carly Simon are also due to be inducted. In addition to these musicians, Judas Priest and songwriting duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will join the Rock Hall with the award for musical excellence.

Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be awarded with the early influence prize, while Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine and Sylvia Robinson will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will take place on 5th November at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.