Despite initially declining the nomination, country music superstar Dolly Parton says she is ‘honored and humbled’ by her induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, adding she hopes “to live up to it.”
The Rock Hall announced on Wednesday that Parton would be part of the Class of 2022 which also includes Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon.
Parton explained her initial hesitation about the honor to Billboard Magazine:
I feel honored that all the people that voted for me did. And I appreciate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame people for staying there with me.
I never meant to cause trouble or stir up any controversy. 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.
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. pic.twitter.com/kDTw8u7a1c
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) May 4, 2022
The beloved artist took to social media to share a graphic announcing her induction along with this message:
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 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I will continue to work hard and try to live up to the honor.
I don’t think it’s possible to love Dolly Parton anymore than we already do.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Inductees:
JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS
ALLEN GRUBMAN pic.twitter.com/yeqnZfVgSz
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) May 4, 2022
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee: Dolly Parton 🎸
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Dolly Parton as part of the 2022 class of inductees
She’s still at it 24/7, writing her legacy one song at a time without a thought for the “R” word and we caught up with her in 2019 pic.twitter.com/oCUcxb2gL9
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) May 5, 2022