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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Won’t Take Dolly Parton’s Name Off Ballot

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has released a statement responding to Parton's request for her name to be withdrawn

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Dolly Parton, photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images
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    Dolly Parton remains under consideration for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — whether she likes it or not. Three days after the Queen of Nashville tried to pull her name from the list of nominees, writing, “I must respectfully bow out,” the foundation that runs the Hall has released its own statement indicating that since voting is already under way, they won’t be making any changes to the ballot.

    “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 and Roll Hall of Fame,” the foundation wrote in the statement (via Variety). “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 and Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music,” the statement continued. “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 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered. Dolly’s recommendation, along with the other 16 nominees 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.”

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    In conclusion, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation wrote, “We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

    Parton is one of 17 nominees under consideration for the Rock Hall’s 2022 class, alongside Eminem, Rage Against the Machine, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, Kate Bush, Devo, Beck, Judas Priest, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, and Dionne Warwick.

    In explaining why she hoped to withdraw from consideration, she wrote, “Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated… 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.” Artists such as Judas Priest and Twisted Sister applauded her statement.

    Parton added that the experience “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!” If she decides to follow through, she’ll have her first pick of collaborators, including legendary grunge producer Steve Albini, who propositioned her on social media, writing, “Dolly Parton do you like analog recording.”

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    Meanwhile in an interview with Fox News, Parton said her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be akin to “putting AC/DC in the Country Music Hall of Fame.”

    Parton recently published her first novel with the help of James Patterson, Run, Rose, Run, and she also released an album of the same name. Last month, she announced that she’d be covering 100% of the college tuition for all Dollywood employees.

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