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Dolly Parton can’t say goodbye, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame declares

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame will always love Dolly Parton.

Earlier this week, the 76-year-old country singer announced that she had to “respectfully retire from nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” in an Instagram postbut the institution has refused to remove the “Jolene” singer from the 2022 ballot.

“We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” said the RRHOF Foundation it said in a statement released on Thursday.

Part of the problem is that Parton’s name was already on ballots sent out before her retirement She is currently fourth in the official fan vote – behind Duran Duran, Eminem and Pat Benatar. Since voting was already underway, it complicated things for Parton just drop out on Mondayalthough she believed that she “didn’t deserve that right”.

“Dolly’s recommendation, along with the other 16 nominees for the Class of 2022, was sent earlier this month to our 1,200 universal voters, most of whom are artists themselves, for consideration at our ceremony,” the foundation said.

Nonetheless, RRHOF applauded Parton for such a magnanimous move.

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Dolly Parton hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards on March 7th.
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“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 statement said. “Besides her incredible talent as an artist, her humility is another reason why Dolly is a beloved icon of millions of fans around the world.”

Alongside Parton, Duran Duran, Eminem and Benatar, other nominees are Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Judas Priest, Beck, Kate Bush, Devo, the Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.

“I really don’t want the votes to be divided because of me,” Parton said of competing with other artists she sees more as “rock ‘n’ roll” — a genre she now wants to explore.

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, for example, appreciated the graceful gesture. “I think it was really an elegant move,” he said told the podcast Rock of Nations With Dave Kinchen. “I think she recognizes her brand and she didn’t necessarily fit into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And I think it also raises questions about what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame brand is.”

Still, Parton wouldn’t be the first country artist to make it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Johnny CashChet Atkins and Hank Williams have all been included, as have country-heavy acts like Brenda Lee.

“From the beginning, rock ‘n’ roll had deep roots in rhythm and blues and country music,” the statement said. “It’s not a genre, it’s a sound that moves youth culture.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/17/rock-roll-hall-of-fame-wont-let-dolly-parton-bow-out/ Dolly Parton can’t say goodbye, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame declares

Dais Johnston

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