Dolly Parton, an icon of country music, has said that she has been repeatedly given the chance to sing at the Super Bowl but has always declined.
The Hollywood Reporter released an interview with the 77-year-old on Thursday in which she explained her decision.
“I couldn’t do it because of other things, or I just didn’t think I was big enough to do it — to do that big of a production,” Parton told the outlet.
“When you think about those shows, those are big, big productions. I’ve never done anything with that big of a production,” she added. “I don’t know if I could have. I think, at the time, that’s what I was thinking.”
The album “Rockstar,” Parton’s first foray into rock & roll, is set for release on November 17. The artist has stated that she is open to expanding her concert in light of the genre shift.
“I might be able to do a production show,” she said of promoting that music.
Parton also said she originally turned down an invitation to be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“They’re going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and somebody like Meat Loaf or some of these other great artists never even made it? I didn’t want to take away from somebody that has spent their life in that world like I had spent mine in country [music],” the 10 time Grammy winner said of getting the invite.
After considering the situation and the other people involved, she decided to accept the accolade.
“They told me all the ways that people’s music has influenced other people around the world … and told me about other people that were in it besides rock. Then I accepted it,” Parton told the outlet.
“But I still didn’t feel great about it. I still thought I needed to earn it,” she continued. “That’s why I thought, ‘Well, timing is perfect. There’s a real reason for me to do this rock ’n’ roll album. Here I am a rock star at 77.’”
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