Dolly Parton is still in contention for induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame despite her attempt to withdraw her nomination. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation released a statement on March 17th saying that her name was on the ballot sent out to Hall of Fame voters before she had a chance to properly rescind her nomination. Ultimately, she remains eligible for induction.
In a post on their Instagram – one akin to Dolly’s – the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame showed appreciation for her grace. The post gushes about how broad her imprint on music has been. It states how she is “a beloved icon by millions of fans around the world.” As stated earlier, her name appeared on the ballot sent out to voters following the announcement of nominees. Therefore, it is too late for Dolly to actually drop out of contention.
The Instagram post cites her significance to the landscape of music as a whole. Though Dolly mentioned in her initial post that she doesn’t feel as she earned the right to be nominated, the Hall of Fame pointed out that country music has helped shaped rock and roll as it is today. “Dolly Parton’s music has impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed,” noted the Hall of Fame Foundation.
Dolly stated in an interview on the 17th on Fox & Friends that she feels she doesn’t feel comfortable in regards to her nomination. She thinks it’s more reserved for artists who more identify as rock. “It kind of would be like putting AC/DC in the Country Music Hall of Fame. That just felt a little out of place for me,” she went on to add. Nevertheless, her nomination still stands.
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