Dolly Parton withdrew from the race to be inducted into this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying, “I don’t feel like I’ve earned that right.”
he was the country star (age 76) featured on the annual shortlist, along with artists like Eminem, Lionel Richie and Rage Against The Machine, when it was published in early February.
She said she “bowed respectfully” because she didn’t want to split the vote.
This year’s admissions will be announced in May, with an introduction ceremony later in the year.
To be eligible, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years ago.
Parton said in a statement on Instagram: “Dolly is here! While I am incredibly proud and grateful to be nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I do not feel that I have earned that right.
“I really don’t want the votes to be divided because of me, so I have to bow my head respectfully.
“I hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again – if I am worthy.
“However, this has prompted me to make a great rock ‘n’ roll album full of hope at some point in the future, which I’ve always wanted to do!”
Referring to her husband of nearly six decades, Carl Dean, she added: “My husband is a big fan of rock ‘n’ roll and has always encouraged me to do it.
“I wish all the nominees good luck and thank you again for your compliments. Kick up! ”
Parton had previously expressed surprise at being shortlisted.
Talking to Billboards in February, she said: “I was completely disappointed when I heard that. I never thought of myself as rock ‘n’ roll in any sense of the word – but I guess they judge it based on the music and influence of certain songs, and I guess I did. songs with other people in that realm. ”
Many of the museum’s most famous artists come from genres other than classical rock. In 2021, rapper and music mogul Jay-Z was inducted into the hall of fame along with the Foo Fighters.
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