At the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, singer Elle King performed a tribute to Dolly Parton and confessed to being drunk. However, she ended up forgetting the lyrics to one of Parton’s songs and received backlash from the audience. The venue later issued an apology for the explicit nature of her performance, which happened to be on Parton’s birthday.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, the well-known Nashville music venue responded to a disgruntled audience member’s complaint about King. The tweet states, “Hello Judas, we sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used during last night’s second Opry performance.”
The individual they were responding to replied with, “I was extremely disappointed after spending $300 on tickets for a show where one of the performers ruined the entire evening. As The Opry is considered the top country venue in the world, the performance was comparable to a mediocre karaoke singer who was heavily intoxicated. It was dreadful.”
Alaina’s announcement garnered numerous negative responses from upset attendees. One individual expressed their disappointment, stating, “I have attended the Opry for five decades and I am unable to recall a more impolite and dreadful performance. Your apology is not satisfactory to me.”
Some people believe that #ElleKing should not have to say sorry for her behavior. Instead, she should apologize to the amazing #DollyParton for turning Dolly’s birthday celebration into a mockery of her and the audience. Others suggest that the Opry, with its rich history and prestige, should ban Elle King from ever performing there again.
In a 2022 conversation with the San Diego Tribune, King, who is recognized for her more daring image, discussed the differences between performing under the influence and performing sober. “Having experienced both types of performances, I can say that they are distinct,” she stated. “There’s a reason they call it ‘liquid courage’. I mean, how many professions provide you with bottles of alcohol in your dressing room? Not many.”
She confessed that she enjoys drinking and singing, but clarified that she no longer wants to get as intoxicated as she did in the past. She explained, “It’s simpler for me to say: ‘Yes, I want to drink and have fun and then perform on stage.'” She also shared that she gets anxious before going on stage, so she usually has a few drinks beforehand. Drinking helps to calm her nerves and allows her to hit the right notes while singing. If she happens to miss a note, it won’t affect her as much.
In 2021, King became a mother and stated that she prioritizes motherhood above enjoying herself.
CBS News has contacted King’s representatives and is currently awaiting a response.