Dolly Parton clears the air on her 2022 Rock Hall induction reluctance

'I’ll try to live up to it'
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Following her off-and-on acceptance at being nominated, and ultimately inducted into the 2022 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singer and icon Dolly Parton has expounded on her initial reluctance at being enshrined in Rock music's hallowed halls.

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In a new interview with Billboard, following this year's big announcement, Parton says she was honored to receive so many votes and "never meant to cause trouble or stir up any controversy."

Dolly adds, “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." With her heart in the right place, Dolly was worried her inclusion would take something away from those in the genre "that have worked so hard."

“So I just wanted to go pull out before it got started good,” Parton says of her asking to be removed from the fan voting back in March. "I found out later that it’s far more than that, obviously," she says. "I’m very honored and humbled by (the induction), and so I’ll try to live up to it.”

Parton will be officially inducted into the Rock Hall during their ceremony on November 5, along with Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Eminem, Pat BenatarEurythmics, Carly Simon, Judas Priest, and a number of others. See the full Class of 2022 right HERE.

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