The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame turned down Dolly Parton’s request to withdraw her nomination.
The country legend wrote on social media Monday that, although she was “flattered and grateful” for the honor, she was concerned that her presence in the ballot would split the votes. “I don’t feel I have earned this right,” she wrote.
But after a few days of radio silence on the subject, on Thursday the organization confirmed that it will remain in the ballot, also because the votes are already well underway.
Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 artists for the class of 2022, was sent earlier this month to our 1,200 general ballot voters, most of whom are artists themselves, to be considered for l ‘induction to our ceremony “, the Rock & Roll The Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. “We are amazed by Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
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The statement added that Hall officials respected the star’s “thoughtful note”, noting that “in addition to her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason why Dolly is a beloved icon of millions of fans in Worldwide”.
Parton did not make immediate comments on the decision, his press secretary Marcel Pariseau told USA TODAY on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, during an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Parton doubled her discomfort at being included in the Hall pantheon.
“Because my perception, and I think the perception of most of America, I feel it’s more for people in rock music. I’ve been polite ever since, saying it’s more than that, but I still didn’t feel good about it, “Parton said.” It would be like putting AC / DC in the Country Music Hall of Fame. It seemed a little out of place. “
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In fact, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is filled with legendary country musicians, many of whom are also members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. These include pioneering voices like Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe, and Brenda Lee.
Although Rock Hall is certainly a sanctuary for classic rock bands, since its inception in 1983 it aimed to include the musical genres that were key ingredients in the gumbo that is rock ‘n’ roll. Hall officials said in their statement Thursday.
“Since its inception, Rock and Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music,” the note reads. “It’s not defined by any genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists who followed. Her nomination to be considered for followed. entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the same process as all other artists who have been considered. “
Despite laudable intentions, Rock Hall inductions have often been a source of controversy as much as celebration.
In 2016, Steve Miller used his induction speech to roast the hosts. He was particularly annoyed that he was told that extra tickets to the event would cost him $ 10,000 each, and when told to wrap up, he replied, “No, we won’t wrap this up. I wrap you up. Go sit down there and learn something.
The cost of buying a table for the same candidates also went up when the Sex Pistols refused to participate in a swear-filled outburst in 2006. “Next to the Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a stain (of urine) “, reads their answer.
Induction also seems to constantly reopen the personal wounds that most bands suffer throughout their careers. When Van Halen was entered in 2007, Eddie Van Halen’s rehabilitation period, as well as fractured relationships with original bassist Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth’s replacement Sammy Hagar, meant that only Anthony and Hagar made the trip to Cleveland.
In 2017, Journey fans were hoping to see original frontman Steve Perry hit the microphone when he smiled during the band’s induction. But he refused, showing that whatever rift existed between him and his band was deep.
In contrast, the Kiss members had wanted to perform with their new members at the ceremony in 2014. But when Hall officials indicated that they wanted the original members to perform and fully made up, they refused to play and showed up in business suit.