Dolly Parton Pulls Herself Out of the Running for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

”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,” the singer says

Dolly Parton has taken herself out of the running for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2022 class of inductees, saying that she doesn’t feel that she has “earned that right” just yet.

The country singer, who recently released a novel Run, Rose, Run with James Patterson along with a companion album, posted a statement on Monday, saying “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.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

The nominees for this year’s induction were announced in early February. Parton was one of seven first-time candidates, which included Beck, Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and A Tribe Called Quest. Previous candidates—who were also nominated this year—include Rage Against the Machine, Dionne Warwick, Fela Kuti, among others.

Voting for the induction began last month and inductees are expected to be announced in May with the ceremony taking place in the fall. Following Parton’s announcement, it was unclear what would happen to any potential votes already cast for her.

It appears as though Parton doesn’t believe that she’s released enough “rock and roll” music to be considered for the induction despite the fact that artists from various genres including Jay-Z (2021), Madonna (2008), Nina Simone (2018), and Johnny Cash (1992) have been voted in.

In her statement, Parton added that she hopes to be considered again for the induction if she’s “ever worthy.”

“I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” the 76-year-old singer continued in her post Monday. “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.”

In 2012, Axl Rose rejected induction into the Rock Hall, saying, “I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.”

The rest of the band was inducted into the Rock Hall and they opted to play the ceremony without their frontman. Following the ceremony, Rose issued another statement: “I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes, who chooses the voters and why anyone or this board decides who, out of all the artists in the world that have contributed to this genre, officially ‘rock’ enough to be in the Hall?”

Other musicians have bad-mouthed the Cleveland-based foundation over the years including John Lydon—better known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols—who decided not to attend the ceremony following the band’s induction in 2006. He said on the band’s website at the time, “Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll hall of fame is a piss stain.”

Unlike Rose and Rotten, Parton has left the door open for her involvement with the Rock Hall in the near future.

The “9 to 5” singer wished this year’s Rock Hall nominees good luck and thanked the foundation for the nomination. Her post was met with support from fans on social media though many pointed out that she was more than deserving of the award.

One Facebook user wrote, “I’m sorry what???? You don’t feel like you earned it????? Ummm….Dolly you are pioneer for all musicians…your songwriting skills, technique, and business savvy is unmatched….We all love you….”

Another user said, “I personally think you are worthy. Your music has touched so many generations and is truly inspiring. Your music and humanitarian efforts have influenced and touched so many people.”

James Fell, an author and historian, wrote on Facebook, “You are as classy as they come. Legend.”

Canadian singer Tanya Tagaq wrote on Twitter, “There is a Dolly Parton hall of fame and it’s the planet earth. Love you.”

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