The great Dolly Parton is officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After initially declining the invitation, the country music legend was inducted as one of the members in the 2022 class last night, alongside the likes of Eminem, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon.
Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received the Musical Excellence Award, Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten the Early Influence Award, and Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Dave Grohl, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Ed Sheeran, Olivia Rodrigo, Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Lenny Kravitz, and more were on hand for introduction, presentations and performances… it was a star-studded night.
One of the highlights though, has to be the monster performance of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” that featured the likes of Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Pat Benatar, and more.
With each artist taking turns with the lines, it was quite the powerful performance.
Dolly also debuted a brand new rock song, titled “Rockin'” that she wrote for the induction, saying:
“If I’m going to go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’m going to have to earn it.”
She recently announced that she’ll be working on a rock album as well.
It was also sadly revealed that Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. He was unable to attend the ceremony.
The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was filmed at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater, and will be broadcast November 19th on HBO.