Dolly Parton Was Voted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Asking To ‘Bow Out Of Contention

Published: May 5, 2022
Updated: May 5, 2022
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

Despite requesting to be removed from consideration, Dolly Parton was inducted.

Despite previously requesting to “respectfully bow out” of consideration for the honor, Dolly Parton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In March, the singer said she was “extremely flattered” to be nominated but that she didn’t “earn the right” to be considered a rock artist.

Despite previously requesting to “respectfully bow out” of consideration for the honor, Dolly Parton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In March, the singer said she was “extremely flattered” to be nominated but that she didn’t “earn the right” to be considered a rock artist.

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She was, however, too late because the ballots had already been distributed.

As a result, the singer will join Eminem, Carly Simon, the Eurythmics, and Duran Duran in the Hall of Fame in November.

Lionel Richie, the soul legend, and Pat Benatar, the singer of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, are among the newcomers.

Meanwhile, the musical excellence award will go to British heavy metal band Judas Priest, as well as producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, whose work with Janet Jackson changed the sound of US pop in the 1980s and 1990s.

Parton, whose hits include Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and 9 To 5, initially turned down the award, claiming that country music was not eligible.

Organizers, on the other hand, rejected her rejection, claiming that “Rock & Roll is not defined by any one genre.”

They said in a statement that “Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed.” “She was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same manner as all other artists who have been considered.”

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Following criticism over its lack of diversity, the Hall of Fame has become more open to other genres in recent years. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first rap group to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, followed by Run-DMC, Tupac Shakur, and Jay-Z.

Tina Turner, Carole King, Janet Jackson, and Nina Simone are among the female honorees, with Tina Turner, Carole King, Janet Jackson and Nina Simone all making the cut.

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This year’s ballot featured 17 artists, including some of the biggest names in music. They must have released their first single 25 years ago to be eligible, which Eminem did in his first year of eligibility.

Parton, Richie, and Duran Duran were also inducted into the Hall of Fame on their first nominations, defeating Kate Bush (three nominations), Detroit rockers MC5 (six nominations), and Dionne Warwick (with two).

Duran Duran, who rose to fame in the 1980s with pop hits like Rio and Wild Boys, expressed their delight at being welcomed into the fold, saying they were “honored, thrilled, and happy.”

Frontman Simon Le Bon exclaimed, “Well Crikey O’Reilly, slap my face and call me Charley!” “I think we’re all a little dazed about this here in the wild, beautiful world of Duran Duran.”

“It’s one thing to be nominated; it’s another to be voted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which is the closest thing to a rock & roll knighthood in my opinion.”

Celebrities from the 1980s, The Eurythmics, had previously been nominated in 2017, but this time made the cut. The honor meant “beyond delight” to singer Annie Lennox and musician Dave Stewart.

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