Parton previously said she didn't feel she had "earned that right" to be nominated.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please don't take Dolly Parton's nomination — because she's now ready to accept it.

After previously expressing a desire to remove herself from the hall's 2022 nomination process, the country superstar told NPR in a new interview that she has changed her tune and will allow herself to be inducted this year if enough people vote for her.

"I'll accept gracefully," Parton said. "I would just say thanks and I'll accept it because the fans vote." That marked a reversal of her stance last month, when she said she didn't feel that she'd "earned the right" to be considered a rock artist.

"But when I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it's not necessarily that," Parton told NPR. "But if they can't go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously there's more to it than that."

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
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The Rock Hall had rejected Parton's request to withdraw, issuing a statement that said, "From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton's music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered."

Prior to Parton's initial protest, her name had already gone out to 1,200 ballot voters for induction consideration. "We are in awe of Dolly's brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have her nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," the hall said.

Parton's fellow nominees comprise 16 acts from varying genres, including Eminem, Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, Beck, Duran Duran, and Carly Simon.

Beyond her musical endeavors, the 76-year-old recently reunited with her 9 to 5 costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the final season of the sitcom Grace and Frankie, which premiered Friday on Netflix. She is also working on a biopic that she has expressed interest in having Jim Carrey costar in as her former musical partner Porter Wagoner.

Hear more on all of today's must-see picks on EW's What to Watch podcast, hosted by Gerrad Hall.

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