Grand Ole Opry Issues Apology to Fans for Elle King Performance
The Grand Ole Opry issued an apology for Elle King’s controversial performance during a Dolly Parton tribute, where the singer, admitting to being “fucking hammered,” disrupted the family-friendly show with profanity and forgotten lyrics. Audience reactions, largely negative, led to the Opry expressing regret on social media. Critics suggested King, transitioning from pop-rock to country, may be cultivating an outlaw image but questioned the appropriateness of her behavior. Saving Country Music insisted on an apology to Parton and the Opry, emphasizing the incident’s sadness rather than rebelliousness. Elle King’s past success in country music, particularly the No. 1 single “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” contrasted with the less successful follow-up. Concerns about her well-being were raised, given her history of performing under the influence. The incident sparked a debate on whether King’s actions were a cry for help or an attempt to establish herself in the country genre. Despite her recent TV successes, including co-hosting major shows, King’s performance prompted speculation about her future in country music.
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