Why Dolly Parton Doesn't Want To Be In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Country superstar, entrepreneur, and pop culture phenomenon Dolly Parton was among the talents nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in February 2022. She was chosen alongside 17 other musicians, including Pat Benatar, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, and Dionne Warwick.

"This year's ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture," said John Sykes, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation chairman, in a statement (via Taste of Country). "Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed."

To be nominated, a performer must have released their first album at least 25 years prior to the nomination, according to Taste of Country. Parton was one of seven performers to be nominated for the very first time in 2022, but, now, the singer has made a decision about that nomination.

Dolly Parton declines her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination

Although Dolly Parton received her first Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination on Feb. 2, 2022, it wasn't until March 14 that she decided it just wasn't appropriate, releasing a statement on Twitter about her decision to pull out of the running.

"Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & 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," Parton wrote. "I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand be willing to consider me again — if I'm ever worthy."

However, the nomination itself has motivated the 76-year-old country singer, known for hits like "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You," to do something she has never done before — release a rock 'n' roll album.

"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!" Parton's statement continued. "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. Rock on!"