Dolly Parton bows out of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vote as she hasn’t 'earned the right'

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14 Mar 2022, 16:51

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Despite being one of the most lauded artists on the planet, Dolly Parton is backing out of the coveted Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vote. 

Earlier this year, she was nominated alongside the likes of Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar and Kate Bush for a spot in the illustrious Hall of Fame, and even suggested she’ll make a rock album if inducted. 

But it seems Dolly has had a change of heart, and posted a statement onto her Instagram to say she was pulling her out of the Rock & Roll race. 

The statement reads: “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 the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Rock on!”

At time of writing, people are still able to vote for Dolly on the official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website, and the current fan vote leaderboard puts her in fourth place. 

The top five artists of the fan vote go onto a fans ballot alongside the official ballot to choose the 2022 inductees. 

Dolly was one of 17 artists on the shortlist for the Class of 2022, marking her very first nomination for the prestigious accolade.

Despite its name, the Hall of Fame usually includes artists from all genres, including soul, pop and hip-hop. 

She previously told Billboard how the nomination came as quite a shock, saying: “I was absolutely floored when I heard that. I’ve never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word — but I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had, and I guess I’ve had songs with other people in that realm. But I don’t know how they judge that.”