The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame won’t withdraw Parton’s nomination


Dolly Parton performs “Big Jeans and Faded Dreams” at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. (John Locher/Associated Press)

Despite her protests, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is “proud to have nominated” Dolly Parton for induction into this year’s Musician Class.

And, in any case, the voting process has already begun.

In a statement provided Thursday to the Los Angeles Times, the organization confirmed that it would not rescind the country music legend’s nomination after announcing 17 nominees for the Class of 2022 last month. On Monday, a “flattered and grateful” Parton “respectfully” objected to her own nomination because she didn’t believe she had earned the “right” to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Since its inception, rock & roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and country music. It’s not defined by any particular genre, but rather by a sound that rocks youth culture,” said the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

“Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists who followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered.”

This year, the “Jolene” hitmaker is nominated for induction alongside Beck, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, Devo, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine , Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Dionne Warwick.

On Thursday morning, Parton appeared on “Fox & Friends” to elaborate on why she “didn’t really feel good” about being recognized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

“My perception, and I think the perception of most of America — I just feel like it’s more for rock music people,” Parton said.

“I’ve been educated since then, but I still didn’t feel good about it. It would be like putting AC/DC in the Country Music Hall of Fame. It just felt a little out of place.”

While the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame appreciated Parton’s perspective and grace, they clearly disagreed with her assessment.

“All of us in the music community saw Dolly Parton’s thoughtful note expressing her feelings that she did not deserve the right to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the organization continued.

“In addition to her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason why Dolly is an icon adored by millions of fans around the world. … We are impressed by the brilliant talent and pioneering spirit of Dolly and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.


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