Dolly Parton is officially a ‘rockstar’ at Rock Hall induction party
On stage Saturday night in Los Angeles, Dolly Parton embraced what many already knew about her.
“I guess I’m a rockstar now,” Parton said inside the Microsoft Theater as she accepted her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In a moment promising to earn her place among rock music’s top contributors, she addressed a hall of spectators including Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, U2’s The Edge and Dave Grohl: “Because I’m gonna be in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I’m gonna write a song for this. Are any of you gonna help me on that? ‘Cause I’m gonna hold you to it.”
Parton was the latest inductee in a marathon ceremony on Saturday that spotlighted an eclectic class of Rock Hall newcomers: soul singer Lionel Richie, 1980s synth-pop staple Duran Duran, door-to-door heavy metal torch Judas Priest, hip-hop hitmaker Eminem, singer-songwriter Carly Simon, new wave duo Eurythmics and rock favorite Pat Benatar, among others.
The 76-year-old Tennessean joins a rare cohort of Nashville musicians — including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe and Brenda Lee — to earn a spot in the Rock & Roll and Country Music Hall of Fame.
She enters the elite club despite initially being rejected for a nomination earlier this year because she felt unworthy of the recognition of her entire career. The Rock Hall rejected his request to withdraw, in part because voting had already begun; Parton “graciously” accepted her place in the Class of 2022 when Rock Hall organizers announced her entry earlier this year.
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On Saturday night, pop star P!nk inducted Parton in a speech describing the latter’s timeless songwriting as something that “can make you feel like God is listening and help is just around the corner,” according to the Los Angeles Times. speech, she highlighted Parton’s profound contributions to the American songbook, as well as the philanthropic endeavors that also define her unique career.
“[Parton] didn’t just get the joke, she wrote it,” P!nk said, according to the LA Times. “And she doesn’t care if you laugh as long as you listen.”
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Rock Hall induction without some music. Benatar, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Annie Lennox of Eurythmics and many more sang for or alongside Parton during the closing segment of the show.
Crow and Brown delivered a cover of “9 to 5”, while P!nk and Carlile sang a rendition of Parton’s signature song “Coat of Many Colors”. When Parton took the stage, she sang a new song – nodding to rock’s good faith that she will explore on an upcoming album.
“I’ve been rocking since the day I was born,” Parton sang, The Associated Press reported. “And I’ll be rockin’ ’til the day I’m gone.”
Her segment ended with a “Jolene” jam which – on stage alongside Halford, Benatar, Lennox and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, among others – showed how a good song can transcend genre.
“Congratulations to everyone here,” Parton said, per USA TODAY. “I feel like a hillbilly in the city.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony airs Nov. 19 on HBO.
Contributor: Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY.