‘We are in awe’: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame decline Dolly Parton’s request to pull her nomination from the ballot

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Dolly Parton arrives at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Eric Jamison/AP

Dolly had previously said she didn’t feel ‘worthy’ of the nomination.


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has declined Dolly Parton‘s open request to pull her nomination from this year’s ballot.


The iconic legend found herself trending on Twitter (14 March) after rejecting her Hall of Fame nomination, removing herself from the ballot and saying that she doesn’t feel ‘worthy’.


Dolly had been announced as one of this year’s nominees in back in February, along with other 16 others, including Eminem, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, and Beck.


The country legend wrote on a statement on social media that although she was “flattered and grateful” for the honor, she was concerned her presence on the ballot would split votes. “I don’t feel I have earned that right,” she wrote.


However, after a few days, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced that she’ll remain on the ballot, in part because voting is already well underway.

“Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 artists for the class of 2022, was sent out earlier this month to our 1,200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are artists themselves, for consideration for induction at our ceremony,” the Foundation said in a statement provided to USA TODAY.

“We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”


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 Dolly is a beloved icon by millions of fans around the world.”


During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Dolly had explained her reasoning for bowing out of proceedings, saying:

“Because my perception, and I think the perception of most of America – I just feel like that’s more for the people in rock music. I’ve been educated since then, saying that it’s more than that, but I still didn’t feel right about it,” Parton said. “It kind of would be like putting AC/DC in the Country Music Hall of Fame. That just felt a little out of place for me.”


Parton’s now rejected withdraw came shortly after the release of her first novel, ‘Run, Rose, Run,’ along with its companion album. She co-wrote the thriller about a singer-songwriter on the run with bestselling author James Patterson.