Welcome to Dollywouldn’t.
Saying “no” is a crucial talent many of us be taught all through our lives, and Dolly Parton undoubtedly understands the energy of a well mannered “thanks, however no thanks.”
In fact, while you’re the queen of nation music, the belongings you say “no” to are on a reasonably epic scale, from declining an opportunity to carry out at the Tremendous Bowl halftime present to turning down the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Parton has handed on some main honors over the years, alternatives that almost all mere mortals would most likely have jumped at.
Lately, for instance, she requested the Tennessee state legislature to cancel plans to construct a statue of her at the state Capitol in Nashville.
The nation icon, 75, mentioned that whereas she was “humbled and honored” that lawmakers needed to have fun her with a statue, she mentioned she did not really feel comfy being elevated in that approach in the present local weather.
“Given all that is happening in the world, I do not assume placing me on a pedestal is suitable at the moment,” she wrote on Twitter.
Now, don’t get us fallacious: Parton has graciously accepted numerous awards and honors all through her profession, together with 10 Grammys, 4 American Music Awards and two Guinness World Data, together with one for many a long time with a Prime 20 hit on the US Sizzling Nation Songs chart, to call only a few.
And it’s not that Parton is not grateful for being honored; removed from it. Pals and followers who’ve met the nation icon over the years (like this TODAY staffer) have reported that she’s unfailingly type and humble. However as a licensed nationwide treasure, Parton can afford to be choosy.
Right here’s a have a look at some of the most unbelievable issues Parton has mentioned “no” to over the years.
The Tremendous Bowl halftime present
Parton turned down a high-profile gig a number of years in the past: performing alongside Katy Perry in the Tremendous Bowl halftime present in 2015.
The nation legend confirmed that Perry invited her to hitch her in the present, however she needed to say no.
Nevertheless it was for a candy and fully comprehensible purpose — she wanted to look after her husband of greater than 50 years, Carl Dean, who was unwell at the time.
“I’d have completed it as a result of I really like Katy Perry, however at the time my husband was not doing good,” Parton mentioned in a video for GQ. “He was type of puny and I couldn’t go away him, so I couldn’t do it. However one of as of late possibly we’ll do it once more. I really like her.”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom … twice
Parton has turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom not as soon as, however twice. The Trump administration apparently tried to offer her the award on two events, however she declined each occasions as a consequence of well being and logistical considerations.
“I could not settle for it as a result of my husband was unwell after which they requested me once more about it and I would not journey as a result of of the COVID,” she defined in an interview with TODAY.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor you possibly can obtain in the United States. If she ever does settle for one, Parton can be in the firm of different legendary musical honorees, together with Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross.
However for Parton, it’s by no means been about the accolades.
“I do not work for these awards,” she advised TODAY. “It might be good however I am unsure that I even deserve it. Nevertheless it’s a pleasant praise for individuals to assume that I would deserve it.”
And even now, if President Joe Biden have been to make the supply, Parton mentioned she could be hesitant to simply accept it.
“Now I really feel like if I take it, I will be doing politics, so I am unsure,” she mentioned.
Sharing a music with Elvis Presley
For a lot of artists, having Elvis Presley document one of their songs would have been a dream come true. Nonetheless, when Presley requested Parton if he may sing her 1974 hit single, “I Will At all times Love You,” she turned him down.
It was nothing towards The King personally, however extra of a enterprise determination.
“I’d been invited down to the studio to fulfill Elvis and be there when he sang my music. That was the most enjoyable factor that had ever occurred to me. Who doesn’t love Elvis?” Parton recalled to the UK’s The Large Challenge final yr.
Nonetheless, Presley’s supervisor, Colonel Tom Parker, known as Parton the afternoon earlier than the recording session with some surprising information: Presley’s staff wouldn’t document something with out getting 50% of the royalties.
“I mentioned, ‘Properly, that throws a brand new gentle on this,’” Parton mentioned throughout an look on Reba McEntire’s “Residing & Studying With Reba McEntire” podcast. “‘As a result of I can’t provide you with half the publishing. I’m gonna go away that to my household.’
“I mentioned, ‘I can’t do this.’ And he mentioned, ‘Properly, then we are able to’t do it.’ And I cried all evening,” Parton recalled. “As a result of I believed, ‘Oh, I simply pictured Elvis, like, singing it.’ And I do know that Elvis liked it. And I do know it wasn’t him, nevertheless it’s true. I mentioned ‘no.’”
Presley was disillusioned as a result of he was such a huge fan of the music; he apparently even sang the music to his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, as they walked down the courthouse steps after their divorce, she advised McEntire.
Using her personal rides at Dollywood
Because it opened in 1986, the Dollywood amusement park has grown to incorporate a water park and a theme park with rides like Thunderhead, a wood coaster with a 100-foot drop, and Barnstormer, a pendulum experience that swings individuals as much as 81 toes in the air.
Nonetheless, whereas Dollywood is full of sights for thrill-seekers, Parton herself has all the time stayed on the floor, thanks very a lot — and she or he defined why in the most Dolly Parton approach doable.
“I don’t experience the rides. I by no means have,” she advised The New York Instances in 2019. “I tend to get movement illness. Additionally, I’m just a little bit hen.
“With all my hair I obtained a lot to lose, like my wig or my footwear” she added. “I don’t wish to get tousled. I’m gonna have some good-looking man mess it up, I don’t need some experience doing it.”
A visitor choose spot on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Parton is thought for her assist of the drag neighborhood. She as soon as even entered a Dolly Parton drag queen lookalike contest — and misplaced!
“That they had a bunch of Chers and Dollys that yr, so I simply over-exaggerated — made my magnificence mark larger, the eyes larger, the hair larger, every little thing,” she advised ABC in 2012. “All these lovely drag queens had labored for weeks and months getting their garments. So I simply obtained in the line and I simply walked throughout … however I obtained the least applause.”
Nonetheless, regardless of her affection for all issues drag, Parton has by no means mentioned “sure” to being a visitor choose on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” regardless that they have been begging her to seem for years, one choose just lately revealed.
“Simply to let everyone know we have now requested Dolly Parton for eleven, twelve, 13 years,” the present’s longtime choose Michelle Visage advised Huffpost in January. “At the finish of the day it’s scheduling, and it’s a really lengthy day for these individuals.”
Whereas she has by no means appeared on the present in particular person, Parton did shock contestants in season 12 with a recorded message of encouragement.
“Hey, RuPaul and all you gals in there!” she mentioned in the video. “Want I may very well be in that dressing room. Lord, I can solely think about all the make-up and wigs flying round!”
The Glastonbury Competition
The Glastonbury Competition is one of the largest musical festivals in the world, attracting mega headliners resembling Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé.
However one singer who repeatedly turned down the probability to play at the iconic British pageant? You guessed it: Dolly Parton!
In keeping with Parton’s official web site, pageant employees tried to guide her repeatedly since the pageant started in 1970, however she all the time declined as a consequence of conflicts together with her touring schedule. Main as much as the 2014 pageant, although, organizers advised her it was her “final probability” to say sure, in accordance with The Telegraph — and in the end, she agreed.
Parton took to the pageant’s iconic Pyramid stage in a white pantsuit lined in rhinestones, and her hour-long set drew larger crowds than the headliners, Arcade Fireplace and Metallica, in accordance with the BBC.
Many followers wore blond wigs in her honor as they danced and sang alongside to “Islands in the Stream,” “9 to five” and “I Will At all times Love You.”
“I have been waitin’ a very long time for this,” Parton advised the crowd, in accordance with BBC at the time.
Although she was removed from her native Tennessee, Parton advised the crowd she felt proper at dwelling in the muddy countryside of Somerset, England.
“My daddy was a farmer, I grew up in East Tennessee and we made our dwelling on a farm, so I believed, ‘Properly this is not all that totally different,’” she mentioned in a information convention earlier than her Glastonbury efficiency. “Mud is mud, wherever you’re.”
Getting the coronavirus vaccine (… earlier than everybody else)
Parton made headlines final yr when she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt College to fund analysis on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nonetheless, the singer is saying “no” (for now) to getting vaccinated herself, regardless that at 75, she is eligible for inoculation.
“I’m not going to get mine till some extra individuals get theirs,” she advised the Related Press in February. “I don’t need it to appear to be I’m leaping the line simply because I donated cash. I’m very humorous about that. I’m going to get mine although, however I’m going to attend.”
She mentioned she did contemplate getting the vaccine on her seventy fifth birthday in January, however determined towards it as a result of she didn’t need to appear to be she was “doing it for a present.”
When she does get her shot ultimately, the singer mentioned she’s going to “most likely do it on digicam” to encourage others to comply with in her footsteps.
“I’ll inform them the fact, if I’ve signs and all that,” she mentioned. “Hopefully it’ll encourage individuals. I’m not going to leap the line simply because I may.”