Dolly Parton inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Dolly Parton has joined Rock & Roll Hall of Famewho arrives as the last of 2022’s inmates.

“I want to thank the Hall of Fame and all the people out there over all these years,” she said. “I’ve been doing this my whole life and I love it. I’m very humbled by this.”

Pink introduced Parton, praising her “heartbreaking and soul-stirring songs.” After describing Parton’s rough beginnings in rural Tennessee, Pink added, “There are few finer songwriters, male or female, who ever lived… She writes about things that others would rather sweep under the rug.” Pink went on to highlight Parton’s hits, philanthropy, “spirit and her heart on her sleeve.”

Not long after she was nominated, Parton announced that she would bend out of the voting process. “While I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” she said, “I don’t feel I’ve earned that right.”

The Rockhallen responded by saying that the vote would continue, despite Parton’s objections. “From its inception, rock’n’roll has had deep roots in rhythm & blues and country music,” Rock Hall Foundation communications director Shauna Wilson said in a statement. “It is not defined by any genre, rather a sound that is shifting youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music influenced a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed.”

Parton then said that if she was accepted, she would “accept gracefully“I’ve never considered myself a rock artist,” she clarified, “but obviously there’s more to it than that.”

Parton poked fun at the entire episode from the podium in Los Angeles, proclaiming, “I’m a rock star now!”

Earlier this year, Parton also said that if she were inducted, she would consider it making a rock album. “I don’t expect to get in,” she said, “but if I do, I’ll have to put out a great rock ‘n’ roll album immediately next year – which I’ve wanted to do for years, as a Linda Ronstadt or Heart kind of thing. So it may have just been a sign of God for me to go ahead and do it.”

Her goddaughter Miley Cyrus was in Parton’s introduction video, as it were Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood.

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