The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rejects Dolly Parton’s rejection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Earlier this week, Dolly Parton gracefully said “Thanks but no thanks” to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame regarding her nomination for the class of 2022. I quote:

“Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.

“I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy. 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. I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Rock on!”

This is about the most punk thing Dolly could ever do. She joins other decliners such as the Sex Pistols, Axl Rose, Roger Waters, Neil Young, Grace Slick, and Ozzy. And by bowing out, she only increases her credibility with fans and non-fans alike. (Read this for more on that subject.)

Classy. However, the Hall will have none of it. Ballots have already gone out and voting has already begun. Basically then, Dolly’s rejection has been rejected.

So now what? It’s possible that Dolly will be voted in against her wishes. What then? I assume that she’ll be inducted without her attending the ceremony. That will be…awkward, won’t it?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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