Dolly Parton took herself out of the running to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this week. It appears although she humbly declined, she could still be chosen to be inducted.
Parton had stated she isn’t worthy since she’s never made a rock ‘n’ roll album, despite that the Hall of Fame says she’s earned the honor and that the hall isn’t defined by any one genre. This is noticeable since nominated artists are often not traditional rock ‘n’ roll stars, last year’s inductees included rapper Jay-Z. She revealed that she hopes to one day be worthy of another nomination. It has also inspired her to one day hopefully release a great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future.
Parton’s nomination along with the other 16 nominated artists was sent out earlier this month to 1,200 general ballot voters, so she remains in contention. Out of 17 nominees this year, voters can choose five to be inducted into the 2022 class.
Nominees include: Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Pat Benatar, Dionne, Warwick, Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Kate Bush, DEVO, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls and A Tribe Called Quest.
“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture. Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.” John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation stated.