Grand Ole Opry addresses controversial tribute

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 20: Joel and Luke Smallbone of For King + Country perform on stage at The Grand Ole Opry on December 20, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 20: Joel and Luke Smallbone of For King + Country perform on stage at The Grand Ole Opry on December 20, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
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9:38 PM EST, January 23, 2024

A Night of Tribute Turns Tumultuous

The Grand Ole Opry, a venerated institution in Nashville's music scene, faced unexpected turbulence following a tribute to Dolly Parton. Singer Elle King's performance at the event, intended to honor Parton's 78th birthday, veered off-script, resulting in a wave of criticism and disappointment. The Opry, responding to fan complaints, apologized for King's "drunk and profane" act. This response came in the wake of King replacing Lauren Alaina, who had initially been slated to perform. Fans expressed their dismay, noting that the turn of events marred the evening.

Social Media Reactions and the Opry's Response

Footage on social media revealed King forgot the lyrics to Parton's song "Marry Me" and used explicit language onstage. In a striking moment, she addressed the audience with sarcasm about their ticket purchases, further exacerbating the situation. The Opry's apology, issued via social media, emphasized their regret for the language used during the performance. Despite the incident, Dolly Parton, who was not present at the tribute, continued her celebrations by releasing a deluxe version of her album 'Rockstar'.

This article was crafted using information from UPI​​.

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