Dolly Parton continues to be a beloved icon, but the reason she turned down a recent honor will have you very surprised…
Even though we are in the big middle of soaring gas prices, war in Europe and other international issues, entertainment legend Dolly Parton has inadvertently breathed some much-appreciated levity into the world today.
This 11-time Grammy Award winner really shocked the entertainment world because she removed herself from consideration into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
“Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel I have earned that right,” Parton tweeted Monday. “I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”
Basically, the country music legend thought that she wasn’t deserving of the honor because she hadn’t sung enough rock music to be included.
Parton did say that she would be delighted to be considered for the honor in the future – perhaps if she ever releases a rock album.
“I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” she tweeted.
“This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ’n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one.”
On Thursday, officials at this Cleveland-based institution made a response to Parton’s tweet, saying that she is going to remain on the list of nominees.
In addition to Parton, the diverse group of 17 nominees includes Lionel Richie, Devo, the Eurythmics, Dionne Warwick, Eminem, Kate Bush, Duran Duran, Judas Priest, and Pat Benatar.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was quick to note just how moved they were by Parton’s humility and they admired “Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit.”
“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,” it tweeted.
“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.”
The organization was also adroit enough to point out that no, you do not strictly have to be just a “rock” musician to be considered for induction.
“From its inception, Rock & Roll has had deep roots in Rhythm & Blues and Country music,” it tweeted. “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.”
“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. We are in awe of Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit.”
When you consider that this is a time when society is infested with a sense of toxic entitlement and a tremendous victim mentality, to say that this reaction from Parton is refreshing would be an understatement. In fact, it is so mind-boggling that it demonstrates that Parton is a superstar in every sense of the word and a genuinely decent person.