Renowned singer-songwriter Elle King is under scrutiny following a contentious live performance at the Grand Ole Opry’s tribute to country legend Dolly Parton. The incident, which unfolded at the Ryman Auditorium, drew fire from fans who deemed King’s behavior disrespectful and inappropriate.
During the performance, captured in a TikTok video shared by an audience member, Elle King candidly addressed the crowd, humorously stating, “You ain’t getting your money back” and admitting, “I’m completely hammered.” The situation took an uncomfortable turn when King attempted to impersonate Dolly Parton, who was notably absent from the event.
Struggling with the lyrics of Parton’s song “Marry Me,” King openly expressed her lack of concern, stating, “I don’t care at all.” This led to a wave of criticism from disappointed fans who found the performance disrespectful to the country icon.
Online reactions included statements such as, “I’m disappointed in the Opry for allowing this intoxicated and disrespectful performance,” and “Elle King ruined the night with her horrible, drunk, and profane performance.” Some fans expressed regret over the choice of Elle King for the tribute, suggesting that the renowned Dolly Parton deserved better.
The Grand Ole Opry, recognizing the discontent among fans, issued an apology on social media. Responding to a disappointed fan who wished Lauren Alaina had performed instead, the Opry acknowledged that Elle King’s behavior did not align with the expected level of respect at the prestigious venue. The incident has sparked discussions about the appropriateness of certain performances and the responsibility of artists in honoring iconic figures in the music industry.