Dolly Parton pulls her name out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame race saying “she hasn’t earned that right.”
The music icon who was selected for the country music category in Hall of Fame announced her decision in a long statement posted on all of her social media platforms on Monday while insisting that she doesn’t want a split of votes amongst the other nominees.
“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,” she wrote.
“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’s statement continues.
“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,” Parton concluded her post with “Rock on!”
The other nominees for the induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are DEVO, Kate Bush, Fela Kuti, Eurythmics, the New York Dolls, and MC5.
Dolly Parton was shortlisted for the first time along with other music legends such as Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, and Eminem.
There have been quite a few artists who made it both into the Country Hall of fame and the Rock Hall. It includes legendary Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Hank Williams, the Everly Brothers, and Chet Atkins.
The prestigious institution had earlier announced that as many as 17 musicians and groups are in consideration for the induction into the Hall of Fame which includes Pat Benatar, Rage Against the Machine, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, Beck, and Judas Priest.
The larger-than-life persona of Dolly Parton continues to inspire as her career expands over 5 decades and she is still young at heart and beautiful inside out.