Dolly Parton to Rock Hall of Fame: Thanks But No Thanks

Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year’s nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn’t “earned that right.”

Music icon and Country Music Hall of Fame member, The Country Music Hall of Fame was chosen by the singer. A statement she posted Monday on her official social media channels explained the decision, noting that she does not wish to withdraw votes from any other nominees.

“Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” she wrote.
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Brenda Lee and Johnny Cash are just a few of the other artists that have been inducted into the Country Hall of Fame and Rock Hall of Fame. Hank Williams and Chet Atkins also made it to the Country Hall of Fame.

Parton was among the Rock Hall nominees last month along with Eminem, Lionel Richie and Duran Duran.

According to the Cleveland-based institution, 17 groups and artists were being inducted. This included Rage Against the Machine and Pat Benatar. Dionne Warwick and Carly Simon are also considered.

Kate Bush and DEVO are the other nominees.

“I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” Parton’s statement continues.

“This has however inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one.”

“I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment,” Parton concludes. “Rock on!”


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