US singer and songwriter Dolly Parton arrives for the 57th Academy of Country Music awards at the Allegiant stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 7, 2022. (Photo by BRIDGET BENNETT / AFP) (Photo by BRIDGET BENNETT/AFP via Getty Images)

Dolly Parton is headed to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after initially turning down her nomination. The Rock Hall made the announcement of its new class on May 4. Parton will probably be inducted alongside Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon. This 12 months marks the first time six ladies will probably be inducted in a single class.

The information of Parton’s induction comes after a bit of drama: Back on March 14, the country-music legend shared that she turned down her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination. She wrote on Instagram at the time, “Dolly right here! Even although I’m extraordinarily flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I do not really feel that I’ve earned that proper. I actually don’t need votes to be break up as a result of of me, so I have to respectfully bow out.”

She continued, “I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will perceive and be prepared to think about me once more — if I’m ever worthy. This has, nonetheless, impressed me to put out a hopefully nice rock’n’roll album in some unspecified time in the future in the future, which I’ve at all times needed to do! My husband is a complete rock’n’roll freak, and has at all times inspired me to do one. I want all of the nominees good luck and thanks once more for the praise. Good luck!”

The Rock Hall refused to take Parton off the poll, nonetheless, and in April, she stated she would finally settle for an induction. She informed NPR that if she was chosen, “Well I’ll settle for gracefully. I might simply say thanks and I’ll settle for it as a result of the followers vote. But once I stated that, it was at all times my perception that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the individuals in rock music, and I’ve discovered recently that it is not essentially that. But if they cannot go there to be acknowledged, the place do they go? So I simply felt like I might be taking away from somebody that perhaps deserved it, definitely greater than me, as a result of I by no means thought-about myself a rock artist. But clearly, there’s extra to it than that.”

The very firstclass of Rock & Roll Hall honorees was inducted in 1986, and the establishment has been marked by controversy ever since. The firstclass was all males, and in the greater than three many years since, only eight percent of inductees have been women. Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner are the solely two ladies who’ve been inducted as components of teams and for his or her solo efforts. By distinction, 23 males are in the Hall twice, and Eric Clapton has been inducted thrice. As of 2020, over 64 percent of inductees were white men. When Janet Jackson was inducted in 2019, she called on the Hall to include more women.

For her half, Parton is one of the most lauded musicians of all time. She has 11 Grammy Awards and 13 Academy of Country Music Awards, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1969, and joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986. During the Trump administration, she turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.

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