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Dolly Parton says she will now "accept gracefully" if inducted into Rock Hall

Country icon previously asked for name to be removed from ballot.

Last month, country music icon Dolly Parton announced that she was going to “respectfully bow out” from her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination because she felt she hadn’t “earned that right.”

In her statement, issued on March 14, Parton added that she hoped “the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” adding that the nomination had “inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future.”

The Rock Hall acknowledged her “thoughtful note,” but ultimately decided to keep her on the ballot, noting that ballots with her name had already been sent out to the Rock Hall’s 1,200 voters — and underscoring their commitment to Parton’s importance to rock and roll:

“From its inception, Rock and Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. 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.”

Dolly Parton

The Best of Dolly Parton album originally came out on vinyl in 1975, but reissued with the above cover in 1990 on CD.

Today, April 29, Parton told NPR that she had reversed her position, and in fact, if she wins she’ll “accept gracefully. I would just say thanks and I’ll accept it because the fans vote.”

Parton continued: “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? 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 is one of 17 artists nominated for Rock Hall’s class of 2022 alongside Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Kate Bush, Eminem and others. Inductees will be announced in May.