Dolly Parton declines Rock Hall nomination

Parton is on the ballot for the first time

Dolly Parton has declined her nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The country superstar shared an open letter on social media on Monday (Mar 14th), stating she doesn’t feel worthy of the honor at this time.

“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. 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 writes.

Instead, Parton hopes to earn her place by actually releasing a rock record.

“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. Rock on!” she adds.

Last month, Parton was on the ballot for 2022 nominees alongside Beck, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, DEVO, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Dionne Warwick.

2022 is the first year Parton was ever nominated, although she’s been eligible since 1992, which was 25 years after her debut Hello, I’m Dolly was released in 1967.

Voting is currently underway, including a fan vote through April 29th.

Inductees will be announced in May 2022. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall.

Buddy Iahn
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