Dolly Parton is retiring and will “graciously accept” the Rock Hall nomination.

After all, Dolly Parton wants the gold.

According to previously rejected a nomination from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the 76-year-old country singer now says she would appreciate a nod.

In a new interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition” that Banana Pie Entrepreneur stated that she will receive the honor if elected. “I will accept with thanks,” she said. “I say ‘thank you’ and accept that.”

The “Jolene” singer announced on March 14 that she was withdrawing from the nominations because she felt she “didn’t deserve the right,” but seemed hopeful the organization would always love her .

“I hope the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again – if I’m ever worthy,” she wrote in a statement shared on her social media at the time. “It did, however, inspire me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album in the future, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

But now the “9 to 5” actress has changed her perspective.

“I’ve always believed that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is for people in rock music. I’ve found out lately that’s not necessarily the case,” Parton said Friday. “But if they can’t go there to be recognized, where can they go? And so I felt like I was taking something away from someone who might have deserved it more than me since I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously there is more to it.”

Dolly Parton in concert during the 2016 Ravinia Fesival - Highland Park, Illinois
Dolly Parton previously stated that she didn’t want a Hall of Fame nomination because she felt unworthy of the title.
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Dolly Parton
“I hope the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame understands and is willing to consider me again – if I’m ever worthy,” said the “Jolene” singer.
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In fact, the Hall of Fame had previously hit back at her request to deny recognition, explaining this was way too late to take them out of consideration.

“Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 for the Class of 2022, was mailed earlier this month to our 1,100 universal voters, most of whom are artists themselves, for introduction at our ceremony,” the organization said in a statement. “We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

Parton’s name appears on the Hall of Fame ballot alongside famous names such as Duran Duran, Eminem, Devo, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, Beck, Lionel Richie, Rage Against the Machine and Pat Benatar.

Voting stopped earlier this week, and candidates are due to be announced next month. Dolly Parton is retiring and will “graciously accept” the Rock Hall nomination.

Dais Johnston

Dais Johnston is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dais Johnston joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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