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Dolly Parton, singer of Grammy Hall of Fame songs “Coat of Many Colors,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Jolene,” announced in a statement on Monday that she has taken herself out of consideration from the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, stating that she feels she has not “earned that right.”
Parton has also previously turned down a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the Trump administration. She has also said that she isn’t sure if she would accept one from the Biden administration.
The 1999 Country Music Hall of Fame features Parton, and, in 2001, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition, her three aforementioned songs are all in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Other Rock Hall nominees are Eminem, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Carly Simon, and Duran Duran. On April 29, fans can vote for their choice through the Rock Hall website, and inductees will be announced in May.
Read Parton’s full statement below:
“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. 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. Good luck!”