It’s called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the musical museum features more than just rock artists. Among the list of artists that were promoted as possible nominees was Country music’s iconic legend Dolly Parton.
Already a member of the Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame, Parton sent a letter to the Rock Hall “respectfully declining” her nomination for potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because she “isn’t worthy” of the nomination or induction…”yet”.
Parton issued a statement saying, “Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and 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 and 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!”
Over the years there has been a number of artists who have been very vocal about their lack of nominations or induction into The Hall, but Parton is the first artist to actually withdraw a nomination.
While Parton does not consider herself a rock and roll star, she would not have been the first Country music artist inducted into The Hall; Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Floyd Cramer, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys are among the 351 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 2022 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Ffame will be announced later in the spring. The 16 remaining nominees are:
New York Dolls
Rage Against the Machine
A Tribe Called Quest
and Dionne Warwick