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Singer Dolly Parton announced in a statement on Monday that she has taken herself out of consideration from the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominations because she feels that she has not “earned that right.”
Parton has also previously turned down other honors, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the Trump administration. She said she isn’t sure if she would accept one from the Biden administration.
Parton was previously inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999 and, in 2001, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs “Coat of Many Colors,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Jolene” are all in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Other nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame include Eminem, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Carly Simon, and Duran Duran. Inductees will be announced in May, and fans will be given the opportunity to vote for their choices through the Rock Hall website on April 29.
Parton’s full statement can be found below:
“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. 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. 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. Good luck!”