The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes Dolly Parton. Parton was formally inducted during the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday night in Los Angeles after originally rejecting the accolade back in March and attempting to withdraw from consideration before ultimately accepting the distinction six weeks later.
“I’m a rock star now!” Parton said. “This is a very special night for me. I’m sure a lot of you knew that back when they said they were gonna put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I didn’t feel like I had done enough to deserve that. And I didn’t understand at the time that it’s about more than that. But I’m just so honored and so proud to be here tonight.”
Pink praised Parton during her induction speech and later performed “Jolene” with Brandi Carlile, Pat Benatar, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Annie Lennox, and Dave Stewart. Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Parton also sang a brand-new song, “Rockin’,” along with the Zac Brown Band, who served as her house band for the evening.
“If I’m going to go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’m going to have to earn it,” she said, wearing a black leather jumpsuit with red jewels and strumming a blues-rock riff on a matching heavy-metal Superstrat. “And you thought I couldn’t rock and roll.”
Eminen, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, and Carly Simon were all inducted in 2022 along with Parton. The ceremony’s highlights will be shown on HBO and streamed on HBO Max on November 19. It took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.