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Dolly Parton Voted Into Rock Hall Alongside Eminem and Lionel Richie

Dolly Parton Voted Into Rock Hall Alongside Eminem and Lionel Richie
Dolly Parton on Instagram

Dolly Parton has been voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite previously asking to "respectfully bow out" of contention for the honor.

In March, the singer shared a statement on Instagram where she expressed she was "extremely flattered" to be nominated but felt she had not "earned the right" to be counted as a rock artist.

However, the announcement was too late, as the ballots had already been sent to voters. As a result, the star will still be inducted in November, alongside Eminem, Lionel Richie, the Eurythmics, and Duran Duran.

"Each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of Rock' n' Roll," said John Sykes, the chairman of the Rock Hall, in a statement.

In an interview with NPR last week, Parton said she would accept her induction after all, should it come to pass.

"It was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it's not necessarily that," she said.
"If they can't go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock," she added.

The Tennessee native is hardly the first country musician to be inducted into the rock pantheon. Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley are among those who received the honor.

The Hall of Fame has received criticism for its lack of diversity. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first rap group to be inducted in 2007, with Run-DMC, Tupac Shakur, and Jay-Z following their footsteps.

There has also been an increase in female honourees, with Tina Turner, Carole King, Janet Jackson, and Nina Simone all being inducted.

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