Dolly Parton Say She’ll ‘Accept Gracefully’ If Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Dolly Parton, who pulled herself out of contention for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month, has changed her mind.

The country music icon says she will accept the honor gracefully if she is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Parton made the remark in an interview with NPR‘s “Morning Edition.”

In a statement she released in March, Parton said, “Even though I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated, I don’t feel I have earned that right…so I must respectfully bow out.”

In the interview, NPR‘s Rachel Martin asked Parton what would be her reaction if she is still inducted despite her objections.

“Well, I’ll accept gracefully. I would just say thanks and I’ll accept it because the fans vote,” Parton replied. “But 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,” added the septuagenarian musician.

In the interview, accompanied by co-author James Patterson, Parton also spoke about her new novel, “Run, Rose, Run.”

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