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Dolly Parton ‘respectfully bows out’ of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination

The country music star said she didn't feel she had "earned the right".

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Instagram/@dollyparton

Dolly Parton has dropped out of the race to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying she doesn’t think she has “earned the right” to join just yet.

The ‘9 to 5’ singer was nominated by the Rock Hall earlier this year alongside the likes of Eminem, Beck, Duran Duran, A Tribe Called Quest, and Lionel Richie.

But posting on Instagram on Monday (14 March), Dolly said while she was “extremely flattered and grateful,” she had to “respectfully bow out”. 

“Rock on!” 

Continuing, the ‘Jolene’ singer-songwriter said: “I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.

“I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again – if I’m ever worthy,” the country star continued. She added that she had been inspired to write a “hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album” in the future which she says she has always wanted to do.

“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!” she closed. 

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In February, Dolly told Billboard if she got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame she would “have to put out a great rock album”. 

Last year Dolly reached three billion worldwide streams and has already been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. USA Today reports she has previously turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.

Dolly has won 11 Grammys and been nominated 51 times and has won a host of other awards to boot. 

She’ll always be a rockstar to us!

Attitude’s new-look March/April issue is out now.