Dolly Parton has withdrawn her nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she doesn’t feel she has ‘earned that right.’
The 76-year-old country legend was announced as one of this year’s nominees in February, along with other 16 others, including Eminem, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, and Beck.
In a statement shared on her social media accounts on Monday, she explained she was removing herself from the ballot because she didn’t think she deserved to be considered at this time.
‘Dolly here! 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,’ she wrote. ‘I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.’
Dolly Parton, 76, announced in a statement shared on social media on Monday that she was withdrawing her nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The country singer, whose career has spanned five decades, explained that she is ‘extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated,’ but she doesn’t feel the has ‘earned that right’
Parton, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, added that she’d like to be considered for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the future
Parton, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, shared she would like to be considered in the future if she ever makes a rock album.
‘I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,’ she wrote. ‘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 [Carl Dean] is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one,’ she added. ‘I wish all the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Rock on!’
Parton’s announcement comes less than two weeks after the release of her first novel, ‘Run, Rose, Run,’ and its companion album. She co-wrote the thriller about a singer-songwriter on the run with bestselling author James Patterson.
Parton noted that she didn’t want to take votes away from the other nominees, which include Eminem (left) and Carly Simon (right)
The country star also shared that she is now inspired to record a rock album, something her husband, Carl Dean, has been encouraging her to do for years
The iconic singer’s career has spanned over five decades following the release of her debut album, ‘Hello, I’m Dolly,’ in 1967.
She has 11 Grammy Awards, 50 nominations, and a Lifetime Achievement Award under her belt and a laundry list of other achievements.
Parton is known primarily as a country singer, but in recent years the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has taken to nominating and inducting artists from other genres who have had an impact on popular music.
Artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before they’re eligible for induction.
Parton is known primarily as a country singer, but the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has taken to nominating and inducting artists from other genres who have had an impact on popular music
Parton’s announcement comes less than two weeks after the release of her first novel, ‘Run, Rose, Run,’ which she co-wrote with James Patterson, and its companion album
‘This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,’ John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said when announcing this year’s nominees.
‘Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.’
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 inductees will be voted on by a body of roughly 1,000 artists, industry members, journalists, and historians, plus fans.
The musicians with the highest votes will be announced in May ahead of the induction ceremony in the fall.
Last year, singer Tina Turner, rapper Jay Z and 1980s female pop group The Go-Go’s were among those chosen for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.