Rock and Roll Hall of Fame denies Dolly Parton’s request to be removed from its list of nominees for induction

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By Grace Koennecke, Columns Editor

This past Monday, acclaimed country singer Dolly Parton announced she wanted her name withdrawn from consideration to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

In a statement via twitter, Parton said “I don’t feel that I’ve earned the right,” and alluded to a future rock album. This sentiment stems from Parton acknowledging she has only ever stayed within country music, therefore not transcending into the rock genre.

Yet, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says rock and roll “is not defined by one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture,” which the organization claims Parton has done.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame responded to Parton’s remark Thursday, stating that it would keep her on the ballot for induction. The organization said, “We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” 

The organization also declined Parton’s request aftering pointing out that her nomination had already been included in the ballots sent out to 1,200 voters this month. 

Only few artists have rejected their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations in the past, such as Ozzy Osbourne, citing a lack of transparency in the voting process. Osbourne described the honor as “meaningless, because it’s not voted on by the fans.” 

Parton now says that if she is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite her opinion about her nomination, she will “immediately, next year, have to put out a great rock and roll album,” which she has wanted to do for years.  

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