The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has officially responded to Dolly Parton's wish to be removed from the ballot after being nominated last month.
The statement said: "All of us in the music community have seen Dolly Parton’s thoughtful note expressing her feeling that she has not earned the right to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 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.
"From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music. It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Dolly Parton’s music impacted a generation of young fans and influenced countless artists that followed. Her nomination to be considered for induction into to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed the same process as all other artists who have been considered."
"Dolly’s nomination, along with the other 16 artists for the class of 2022, was sent out earlier this month to our 1200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are artists themselves, for consideration for induction at our ceremony."
"We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."
Dolly is in fourth in the Fan Vote with a little more than 292,000 votes. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and the national Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Rock Hall's 2022 inductees will be announced in May with the induction ceremony taking place in the fall.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]