Dolly Parton Urges Fans to “Pardon and Move On” From Elle King’s Tribute at The Grand Ole Opry

Who is Dolly Parton?

Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is a highly influential figure in the country music industry and has achieved success in multiple genres, including pop and bluegrass. Parton is known for her distinctive voice, elaborate stage outfits, and hit songs such as “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You.” She has won numerous awards throughout her career and is also recognized for her humanitarian efforts, including her Imagination Library literacy program.

Personal Life

Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, as the fourth of twelve children. She grew up in a poor family in rural Appalachia. Parton has been married to Carl Dean since May 30, 1966, and they have maintained a largely private relationship throughout their marriage. Despite not having children of her own, Parton is known to be close with her niecesand nephews. She is a devoted Christian and often incorporates elements of faith into her music and public persona. Parton has openly discussed her struggles with depression and her decision not to have children. She is also known for her philanthropy, particularly in the areas of literacy and education through her Imagination Library program. Parton is an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has publicly supported marriage equality. She maintains a busy schedule with her music career, business ventures, and charitable work, while also enjoying spending time at her home in Tennessee. Throughout her life, Parton has remained true to her roots and continues to be an icon in the entertainment industry.

Pardon and move on

The iconic vocalist has spoken out following a recent performance by Elle King at The Grand Ole Opry, which, intended to pay homage to Dolly Parton, was marred by King’s intoxicated state.

King candidly admitted to the audience that she was “hammered” and had forgotten the lyrics to Parton’s “Marry Me” during a celebratory tribute for Parton’s 78th birthday in Nashville last month.

Expressing her thoughts to “Extra,” Parton acknowledged King’s talent, describing her as a remarkable artist who has faced recent challenges.

Acknowledging King’s excessive drinking during the event, Parton urged forgiveness and moving forward, emphasizing that King was deeply remorseful.

Elle King entertained the crowd during Nashville’s Big Bash, New Year’s Eve celebration at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, December 31, 2023.


Regarding the incident, King remarked to the audience during the January 19 concert, “I don’t know the lyrics to these things in this town. Don’t tell Dolly ‘cause it’s her birthday.”

The Grand Ole Opry responded to complaints from the audience with a statement on X, expressing regret and offering apologies for the use of inappropriate language during the second Opry performance that night. At the Jan. 19 concert, King told the crowd, “I don’t know the lyrics to these things in this f—ing town. Don’t tell Dolly ‘cause it’s her birthday.”

The Grand Ole Opry issued a response to the audience’s concerns through a statement on X, expressing their regret and offering apologies for the inappropriate language used during the second Opry performance the previous night.


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