The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has declined Dolly Parton’s request to pull her nomination.
The country legend wrote Monday on social media that although she was “flattered and grateful” for the honor, she was concerned her presence on the ballot would split votes. “I don’t feel I have earned that right,” she wrote.
But after a few days of radio silence on the matter, the organization confirmed on Thursday that she’ll remain on the ballot, in part because voting is already well underway.
“Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 artists for the class of 2022, was sent out earlier this month to our 1,200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are artists themselves, for consideration for induction at our ceremony,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. “We are in awe of Ella’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
The statement added that Hall officials respected the star’s “thoughtful note,” noting that “in addition to her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason Dolly is a beloved icon by millions of fans around the world.”
Parton had no immediate comment on the decision, her publicist Marcel Pariseau told USA TODAY on Thursday.
Earlier in the day during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Parton doubled down on her discomfort with being included in the Hall’s pantheon.
“Because my perception, and I think the perception of most of America – I just feel like that’s more for the people in rock music. I’ve been educated since then, saying that it’s more than that, but I still didn’t feel right about it,” Parton said. “It kind of would be like putting AC/DC in the Country Music Hall of Fame. That just felt a little out of place for me.”
In fact, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is replete with legendary country musicians, many of whom are also inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Those include pioneering voices such as Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe and Brenda Lee.
While the Rock Hall certainly is a shrine to classic rock acts, it has from its inception in 1983 aimed to include musical genres that were key ingredients in the gumbo that is rock ‘n’ roll. Hall officials said as much in their statement Thursday.
“From its inception, Rock and Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music,” the statement said. “It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and countless influenced artists that followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism