Despite her protestations, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is “proud to have nominated Dolly Parton for induction into this year’s Musicians’ Class.”
And in any case, the voting process has already begun.
In a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, the organization confirmed it would not be rescinding the country music legend’s nomination after announcing 17 nominees for the Class of 2022 last month. On Monday, a “flattered and grateful” Parton “respectfully” defied her own nomination because she didn’t believe she deserved the “right” to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“From the very beginning, rock & roll had deep roots in rhythm & blues and country music. It’s not defined by a specific genre, but by a sound that moves youth culture,” said the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
“Dolly Parton’s music influenced a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists to follow. Their nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists considered.”
This year, the “Jolene” hitmaker is in for the recording nominated. Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest and Dionne Warwick.
Parton appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning to further explain why she “didn’t feel quite right” about receiving recognition from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
“My perception, and I think most of America’s perception — I just feel like that’s more for the people in rock music,” Parton said.
“I’ve been trained since then, but I still didn’t feel right about it. It… would be like inducting AC/DC into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It just felt a little out of place for me.”
While the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame appreciated Parton’s perspective and grace, they clearly disagreed with their assessment.
“All of us in the music community have seen Dolly Parton’s thoughtful note expressing her feelings that she does not deserve the right to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the organization continued.
“Besides her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason why Dolly is a popular icon with millions of fans around the world. … We are impressed by Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-03-17/dolly-parton-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-nomination The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame defends Dolly Parton’s nomination