Dolly Parton to Rock Hall of Fame: Thanks but no thanks

Dolly Parton arrives at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right."

Dolly Parton arrives at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right." (Eric Jamison, Associated Press)



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CLEVELAND — Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right."

The music icon who has been elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame explained her decision in a statement posted on her official social media pages Monday, noting she did not want to take votes away from the remaining nominees.

"Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and 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," she wrote.

Other artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers.

Parton was named on the Rock Hall shortlist last month, alongside fellow first-time nominees Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran and A Tribe Called Quest.

The Cleveland-based institution had announced 17 artists and groups being considered for induction, also including Rage Against the Machine, Pat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Beck.

The other nominees are Kate Bush, DEVO, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.

"I do hope that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I'm ever worthy," Parton's statement continues.

"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," Parton concludes. "Rock on!"

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