Dolly Parton To Be Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Dolly Parton will soon be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite her original wishes to “bow…

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 4, 2022

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Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Dolly Parton will soon be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite her original wishes to “bow out” of the nomination.

The international superstar joins the just-announced class of inductees for the performer category that also includes Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon.

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Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be honored with the Musical Excellence Award, while the Early Influence Award will go to Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten. 

“This diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock & roll,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Chairman John Sykes says in a press release. “Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed.”

Dolly Parton; Photo Courtesy of NBC
Dolly Parton; Photo Courtesy of NBC

The announcement comes after Parton initially declined the nomination, writing,  “I don’t feel that I have earned that right.”

She released a full statement on social media saying that she was “extremely flattered and grateful,” and said she would “respectfully bow out.”

The Rock Hall later confirmed that Parton could still be inducted, despite her wishes.

During an interview with NPR, Dolly Parton shared that she would “accept gracefully.” She explained that she initially thought that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was solely for Rock artists, however, she later learned that it’s not always the case. 

“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,” she said. “But obviously, there’s more to it than that.”

The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.