Dolly Parton withdraws Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination : NPR
Country music legend Dolly Parton announced on Monday that she is stepping down from this year’s nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In one declaration Posted on her social media accounts, the award-winning singer said that while she was grateful to be nominated for this year’s class, she didn’t feel she had “earned this right”.
“I really don’t want the votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully step aside,” Parton said in his statement. “I hope the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame understands and is willing to consider me again – if I’m ever worthy.”
NPR reached out to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for comment, but did not receive a response.
The 76-year-old singer, who was the only country artist on the ballot this year, was among several debutants in this year’s nominee category – which also included rapper Eminem, hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and the legendary singer, songwriter and producer Lionel Richie.
Parton said her Hall of Fame nomination inspired her to “hopefully have a great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future”, and that her husband, Carl Dean, “m always encouraged to make one”.
“Wishing all the nominees good luck and thanks again for the compliment. Rock on!” Parton wrote.
Parton is one of the few people to have been nominated for all four awards that make up the “EGOT” – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, according to the Museum. She has received 11 Grammy Awards and 50 Grammy nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as 10 Country Music Association Awards.
To be eligible for nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, artists or bands must have released their first commercial recording in 1996. Music fans will be able to vote for their favorite musicians online, and votes will be counted with ballots. ballots submitted by more than a thousand artists, historians and members of the music industry worldwide.
Country artists have been included in Hall of Fame classes, including Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Brenda Lee and Chet Atkins.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will announce this year’s Class of 2022 in May, and he will be officially inducted in the fall, according to its website.