A month after she “gracefully” bowed out of consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dolly Parton has now said that she will “accept” the honor if she gets in.
During an interview, she said, “I’ll accept it because the fans vote.” She added that she still didn’t want to 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.” The fans do, in fact, vote, and today (April 29) is the last day to do so (you can cast your digital ballot here). However, the result fan vote counts as one ballot; there are over a thousand voters. Dolly wouldn’t be the first country artist to be inducted: Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Brenda Lee are all in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After she was announced as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dolly posted to her social media, “Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, I don’t think I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.” However, the ballots had been mailed out to voters by then, and many may have cast their ballots for her by that point.
She continued, “I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and will consider me again – if I’m ever worthy. This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock n roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock n’ roll freak and has always encouraged me to do one. I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Rock on!”
Voting ballots already went out at that time, and right now, the fan vote shows that Dolly is in fifth place for the ballot after Duran Duran, Eminem, Pat Benatar, and Eurythmics.