Parton will accept the honor if awarded
Dolly Parton has reconsidered withdrawing her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination. Parton tells NPR morning edition that she will “graciously” accept the honor, if elected to the Class of 2022.
“Well, I’ll graciously accept. I’ll just say ‘thank you’ and accept that because the fans are voting,” she said. “When I said that, I always believed that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was for rock music people. And I found out lately that it’s not necessarily that, but if they can’t go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I had the impression of taking away from someone who perhaps deserved it, certainly more than me since I never considered myself a rock artist. But of course, there is more than that.
The country superstar made headlines last month when she declined her nomination, saying she didn’t feel worthy of the honor at this time.
“While I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t think I’ve earned that right. I really don’t want the votes split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out. I hope the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame understands and is willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” Parton wrote.
The Rock Hall addressed the situation, stating that it would not revoke his appointment.
“Dolly’s nomination, along with the 16 others for the Class of 2022, has been sent [in early March] to our 1,200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are entertainers themselves, to be considered for induction at our ceremony,” Rock Hall shared at the time. “We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
Parton was on the ballot for the 2022 nominees alongside Beck, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, DEVO, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Dionne Warwick.
Fan voting closes today (Friday, April 29) and Parton ranks fifth overall with nearly 393,000 votes. Duran Duran, Eminem, Pat Benetar and Eurythmics round out the top five. Results will be shared in May and induction will follow in October.
BREAKING: A month after asking to be removed from the ballot, Dolly Parton now says that if she is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she will “graciously accept”. @MorningEdition #RockHall2022 pic.twitter.com/7syDdg6TBo
— Future Rock Legends (@futurerocklgnds) April 29, 2022