Dolly Parton is officially still on the list to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
It has been three days since Parton took to social media to announce that she would be pulling her name from this year’s ballot. Now, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has issued an official statement saying that despite Parton’s wishes, she is still a part of the nominees for this year’s induction.
The statement reads, “All of us in the music community have seen Dolly Parton’s thoughtful note expressing her feeling that she has not earned the right to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason Dolly is a beloved icon by millions of fans around the world. From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered. Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 artists for the class of 2022, was sent out earlier this month to our 1,200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are artists themselves, for consideration for induction at our ceremony. We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
The official list of nominees was announced back in February and included artists such as Eminem, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Judas Priest, Carly Simon, Rage Against The Machine, DEVO, A Tribe Called Quest, Dionne Warwick, Kate Bush, New York Dolls, Beck, MC5, and Fela Kuti. Inductees will be announced in May, and the ceremony will take place in the fall.
After receiving her nomination, Dolly’s statement read, “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.”
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