Dolly Parton recently removed herself from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame fan ballot for the Class Of 2022 because she felt that she has not "earned that right," adding later in her statement that "I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out." Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner (and fellow Rock Hall nominee) called Parton removing herself a "classy move," and that was that. We're done and everyone feels good, right? Nope.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has taken to Twitter to explain that they will not remove Dolly Parton from the ballot because… well, because basically they think Parton belongs in the hall even though Parton herself said she'd rather see other artists inducted. Which frankly is a little ridiculous, and is going to make for a potentially uncomfortable induction ceremony if Parton gets in.
Read their full statement below.
"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 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 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 and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."