Queen of Country Dolly Parton ‘respectfully’ declines prestigious music honour

Mar 15, 2022
Although Parton was "extremely flattered and grateful" for the nomination she felt that she hadn't "earned that right". Source: Getty Images.

Beloved country music star Dolly Parton has withdrawn herself from consideration for the prestigious 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The ‘9 to 5‘ hitmaker  issued a statement to social media on Monday, March 14, telling fans she “must respectfully bow out.”


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Although Parton was “extremely flattered and grateful” for the nomination she felt that she hadn’t “earned that right” to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and hoped the hall of fame would consider her in the future if she’s “ever worthy”, hinting that she has never released a straight rock and roll album.

“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!” she said.

“My husband is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one.”

This is the first time Parton has been considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as focus shifts to artists who have made considerable contributions to popular music as opposed to including solely traditional rock and roll artists.

Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Sykes said “this year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists.”

“Each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” he said.

“Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”

Parton has hinted previously that she’s not comfortable being recognised for all of her career accomplishments.

While being named as one of the 2021 People of the Year for her philanthropic work she remained incredibly modest about her many achievements, including her extensive charity work.

“I have to honestly tell you, I was a little bit skeptical of being put on the cover as one of the People of the Year,” she told People Magazine.

“Because that’s a lot of pressure. But, yeah, it’s like, I am not all that. I’m glad that I stand for enough stuff to where I’m not the worst person in the world.”

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