Elle King Faces Backlash for ‘Hammered’ Performance of Dolly Parton Cover “No Refunds”

Elle King, the singer-songwriter and daughter of actor-comedian Rob Schneider, is facing criticism for her performance at the Grand Ole Opry. The event, held on Friday night, was a tribute concert celebrating the 78th birthday of country music icon Dolly Parton.

King was filmed from various angles performing a cover of Parton’s “Marry Me,” which some fans deemed distasteful. During her performance, King confessed on stage that she didn’t know the lyrics to the song, stating, “I don’t know the lyrics to these things in this (expletive) town/Don’t tell Dolly ’cause it’s her birthday.” She further told the audience, “I’m not even gonna (expletive) lie … y’all bought tickets for this (expletive), you ain’t getting your money back.”

When a fan retorted, “I don’t want it,” King responded, “Good, ’cause you ain’t getting it.” She then introduced herself, saying, “I’ll tell you one thing more … hi, my name is Elle King. I’m (expletive) hammered.” According to a TikTok user, King used profanity over a dozen times during her performance at the Ryman Auditorium, where children were present.

At another point in her performance, someone suggested that King perform one of her own songs. She replied, “I can barely play another person’s song, let me see if I can play one of mine.”

Parton’s 78th birthday, celebrated on January 19, was marked by several events in Nashville, Tennessee, including a night at the Grand Ole Opry dedicated to her. The event featured performances from various artists, including Terri Clark, Elle King, Tigirlily Gold, Ashley Monroe, Dailey and Vincent, and more.

Lauren Alaina was also scheduled to perform on Friday night, but the Grand Ole Opry announced on X that she would no longer be appearing due to unforeseen circumstances.

In response to King’s performance, a user on X expressed disappointment, stating, “Elle King ruined the night with her horrible, drunk, and profane performance. Dolly Parton would’ve been mortified. For our first time at The Opry, it was a shame we all had to witness that.”

The Grand Ole Opry responded to the criticism, apologizing for the language used during King’s performance. As of now, King has not commented on the incident.

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