Dolly Parton has bowed out of consideration for entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, after she was included on the shortlist of this year’s inductees.
The country icon was named alongside the likes of Kate Bush, Eminem and Duran Duran to potentially receive the prestigious honour, but now says she has not “earned that right”.
“I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” she wrote on social media.
“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 singer then went on to confirm plans for a forthcoming rock and roll album, having previously promised to record one if she was inducted into the Hall.
“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.”
Responding to her decision, one fan wrote: “That’s very humble, but I respectfully disagree. The Rock Hall of Fame is not hardcore rock and reflects many genres, and it feels like country would benefit greatly from your inclusion. Very magnanimous of you.”
Talking about the honour of being nominated, she previously said: “I was absolutely floored when I heard that.
“I’ve never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word, but I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had … I guess I’ve had songs with other people in that realm, but I don’t know how they judge that.”
Beck, Carly Simon and a Tribe Called Quest are also nominated for entry into the Rock Hall, as well as Dionne Warwick, the Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, and Rage Against the Machine.