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Dolly Parton “honoured” to be inducted into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, despite trying to have her name taken off the ballot

By | Published on Thursday 5 May 2022

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has said that she is “honoured and humbled” to be included among this year’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, despite asking to be taken out of the running earlier this year.

The country music star will be inducted into the music museum alongside Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Pat Benatar later this year.

In March, she said in a statement that while she was “extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated” to be among this year’s inductees, she didn’t feel that she had “earned that right” and would therefore like to be removed from the list of nominees.

The Hall responded by explaining why it felt that Parton had very much earned the right to be considered, and added that, as voting by then was well underway, it would not be removing her name from the ballot.

Parton has since said that she respects the decision to keep her in the running, and speaking to Billboard after her induction was announced, she said: “I feel honoured that all the people that voted for me did. And I appreciate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame people for staying there with me”.

“I never meant to cause trouble or stir up any controversy”, she went on. “It was just always my belief – and I think millions of other people out there too – [that] the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame was just set up for the greatest people in the rock n roll business, and I just didn’t feel like I really measured up to that, and I don’t want to take anything away from the people that have worked so hard”.

“So I just wanted to go pull out before it got started good”, she added. “I found out later that it’s far more than that, obviously. I’m very honoured and humbled by [the induction], and so I’ll try to live up to it”.

She added that she’s not yet sure if she’ll attend the induction ceremony in November. “If I do, I’m going to sing the hardest style rock n roll song I could ever muster up just to show that I can do it”, she promised.