Why did Dolly Parton turn down her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination?

SINGER and songwriter Dolly Parton is one of country music's top-selling artists.

Her debut album – Hello, I'm Dolly – dropped in 1967 to critical acclaim.

Why did Dolly Parton turn down her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination?

On Monday, March 14, 2022, Dolly Parton took to Instagram to announce she has officially withdrawn herself from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees in 2022.

"Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don't feel that I have earned that right," she wrote.

"I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out."

Dolly continued: "I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again – if I'm ever worthy."

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"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!"

The 76-year-old star added: "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."

"Rock on," Dolly concluded.

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What are the requirements for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

In order to be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, an artist or band must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to their nomination.

Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in May of 2022, with the annual celebration ceremony held in the fall.

Who are the 2022 nominees?

Now that Dolly Parton has dropped out of the running for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2022, the inductees include:

  • Rage Against the Machine
  • MC5
  • Fela Kuti
  • New York Dolls
  • Judas Priest
  • DEVO
  • Kate Bush
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Eurythmics
  • Carly Simon
  • Beck
  • Lionel Richie
  • Pat Benatar
  • Eminem
  • Duran Duran

On average, five to seven performers are inducted into the Hall of Fame each year.

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Of the 16 possible inductees, first-time nominees include: Beck, Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and A Tribe Called Quest.

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