Dolly Parton reconsiders Rock & Roll Hall of Fame election

Superstar Dolly Parton now says she will accept being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame if she is elected this year.

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The singer, songwriter and actor said she will “accept gracefully” if she is chosen, CNN reported. Last month, she had said she wanted to withdraw her nomination but the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would not allow it, saying that the ballot had already been sent to voters.

“From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music,” the foundation said in a statement in March. “It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed.

“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,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said, according to CNN.

Parton was speaking to NPR about her new book “Run, Rose, Run,” written with James Patterson.

She said she would “just say thanks and I’ll accept it because the fans vote.” Parton explained why she didn’t think she qualified for induction.

“When I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock & 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? So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously, there’s more to it than that,” Parton told NPR.

Parton is nominated alongside artists such as Pat Benatar, Devo, Duran Duran and Dionne Warwick.

The inductees for the Class of 2022 will be announced in May and the induction ceremony will take place in the fall.