Dolly Parton joins Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Eminem and others—'I guess I'm a rock star now!'

Dolly Parton has accepted her induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2022 after initially rejecting the nomination

Dolly Parton 'honored' to join Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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Dolly Parton has accepted her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, less than two months after she respectfully declined the honor. 

The US country singer was put forward for the prestigious accolade earlier this year, in recognition of her 'incredible talent' as an artist and contribution to the evolution of rock'n'roll culture. 

Dolly declined the nomination, however, on the basis that she hadn't "earned the right" to be considered a rock star. While the 74-year-old boasts an incredible forty-eight studio albums, she hasn't technically released a rock'n'roll record—at least, not yet. 

"I do hope that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again—if I’m ever worthy," she tweeted, before teasing fans that she may produce a rock'n'roll album "at some point in the future." 

Dolly has since reversed her decision and accepted the honor, after being informed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation that it was too late to remove her from the running. According to the American music charity, ballots had already been established by the time the Jolene singer rejected her nomination and the voting process was in full swing. 

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After discovering she had, in fact, been inducted into the Hall of Fame's Class of 2022, Dolly took to Twitter to share her response. 

"I am honored and humbled by the fact that I have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course I will accept it gracefully. Thanks to everyone that voted for me and to everyone at the @rockhall. I will continue to work hard and try to live up to the honor." 

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The Grammy winner is joined by 14 other musicians in the A-list category, including Eminem, Beck, Kate Bush, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, and Duran Duran. 

Dolly has since revealed that it was her manager who phoned her to tell her she'd been nominated—a piece of news she received with genuine surprise. 

"Danny [Nozell] called me from the office and said, 'You’re going to be inducted," and I said, 'Really?' I said, 'Well, I guess I’m a rock star now,' jokingly," she told Billboard in an exclusive interview. 

"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 honored and humbled by [the induction], and so I’ll try to live up to it." 

Dolly also revealed that she's unsure whether she'll attend the prize-giving ceremony on November 5, but promised to treat fans to a full-blown rock performance if she does. 

"If I do, I’m going to sing the hardest style rock ‘n’ roll song I could ever muster up just to show that I can do it," she said, before adding, "I’ll do something to make it fun and to be forgiven for my mistake. To earn my title." 

We sure can't wait to hear it. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.