American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton bowed out of her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination on Monday while voting had already begun. Requesting to be removed from the list of nominations, the country singer said, “I don’t feel that I have earned that right.”
Parton was among 17 nominees in this year’s edition of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Other nominees included Eminem, Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, Kate Bush, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, Judas Priest, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine and MC5.
“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 said in a statement on social media.
She added, “I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out. I do hope that the Rock & 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. Rock on!” she concluded.
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Dolly Parton, who is known for hits such as ‘9 to 5’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘Jolene’ backed off from the annual honor after bagging her first nomination in February.
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The 76-year-old previously spoke about her nomination in an interview with Billboard. “I was absolutely floored when I heard that. I’ve never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word, but I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had, and I guess I’ve had songs with other people in that realm. I’m not expecting that I’ll get in. But if I do, I’ll immediately, next year, have to put out a great rock and roll album, which I’ve wanted to do for years, like a Linda Ronstadt or Heart kind of thing. So this may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that. It’s just nice to be nominated,” she told Billboard.