Dolly Parton wants off of Rock Hall nominee list

CLEVELAND — Dolly Parton announced on social media Monday she wants to be taken off of the list for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 nominees.

“Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” Parton wrote. 

Of the 17 nominees, Parton is one of seven artists nominated for the first time. 

According to the Rock Hall’s website, Parton sits in fourth place in the fan vote with 282,027 votes behind Pat Benatar. 

The Eurythmics follow closely behind with 258,520 votes. 

The top five artists that are selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2022 inductees, according to the Rock Hall. 

Inductees are chosen by a committee of more than 1,000 people who vote each year. The committee includes members of the music industry, former inductees and historians. 

In order to be eligible for induction, the artist or band must have released their first commercial recording 25 years before the nomination. Other factors included in the voting process are style and technique, influence on other artists, complete work and depth of career. 

Spectrum News reached out to the Rock Hall for comment, but hasn’t received a response.

As of Monday morning, Parton is still on the ballot.