‘Rock on!’ Mad respect when Dolly Parton graciously rejects another big honor

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Immortal singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton has once again demonstrated to the world why she is the humble and classy superstar she is by taking herself out of consideration for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.

While she is clearly honored to have been nominated, the legendary country artist removed herself from the 2022 ballot in an announcement on Monday.

“Dolly here!” the singer began her statement on Instagram. “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. 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,” the 76-year-old shared. “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,” the singer concluded in her statement. “Rock on!”


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The Cleveland-based organization made the announcement of 17 nominees in February. All nominees are required to have been commercially active in music for at least 25 years. Much like other honorary institutions, nominees may be on the ballot for a number of years before receiving enough votes to be formally inducted.

This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees include a mixture of first-timers and repeat nominees including Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, DEVO, Carly Simon and Beck, as well as metal icons Judas Priest and more recently, Rage Against the Machine.

Beck, Simon and Parton were nominated for the first time in their careers, though Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” said John Sykes, head of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, in a press release last month.

Often referred to simply as the Rock Hall, the foundation has been criticized in the past for curiously nominating – and sometimes inducting – artists who are objectively not rock and roll. As well, it has often been derided for snubbing some arguably legendary rock artists year after year. One of the more famous instances of the latter occurred when iconic Canadian progressive rock band Rush was finally inducted in 2013 after having spent 15 years on the ballot.

Parton bowing out of the running for the Rock Hall is not the first publicized instance of her grace and humility. As BPR reported last February, she turned down an offer to have a statue of her erected in her home state of Tennessee. She released a statement at the time on Twitter and Instagram:

I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration,” Parton wrote in a statement shared to Twitter and Instagram Thursday.

Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean. In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.


This latest gesture by the “9 to 5” actress (number 74 on AFI’s top 100 comedies. Check it out,) has reaffirmed why she is considered by many to be the “patron saint of America.”

The 2022 Rock Hall class will be announced in May with an induction ceremony to take place in the fall.


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