In a statement posted on Instagram Monday, the philanthropist and country music icon, 76, stated that she was "extremely grateful" for being nominated, but didn't want votes to be divided because of her nomination. She's bowing in respect.
She stated that she hoped the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would understand and consider her again, if they ever consider me worthy. "This has however inspired me to release a hopefully great rock n roll album at some time in the future, as I have always wanted."
Parton spoke of Carl Dean, her husband of 56-years, saying, "My husband is a total Rock n' Roll freak and he always encouraged me to do one." Parton also said that Carl Dean has managed to stay out of the spotlight despite his wife's stardom. I wish all nominees luck and thanks again for the compliment.
Although the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame might seem like a more rock-oriented honor, Parton was also nominated this year by Eminem and Eurythmics, an 80s pop duo. Jay-Z was among the class last year.
The 2021 Inductees also included Tina Turner and Carole King, The Go-Go's and Foo Fighters, as well as Todd Rundgren.
voters have the option to choose five from the 17 nominees for this year's class and induct them into the 2022 class. The hall of fame honors musicians who have contributed more than 25 years to music excellence.
Parton has always been humble in the past when it comes to receiving awards. She revealed that she was offered the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice by the Trump administration, but she declined it.
Parton stated that President Biden had called her last year when she was asked if she had. Parton stated, "To be fair, in all fairness I was offered the freedom award by the Trump administration." "I refused to accept it because my husband was sick. They asked me about it again and I said that I would not travel because of the COVID."
She said that "Now, I feel like I'll be doing political if I accept it," and added that she wasn't sure if she's worthy of it.
Parton founded The Dollywood Foundation in 1988. It focuses on literacy in her Tennessee home county, Sevier County. Parton's generosity has been global. It was revealed in November 2020 that Parton helped finance research on the COVID-19 vaccination developed by Moderna. Parton contributed $1,000,000 to Vanderbilt University's coronavirus research efforts.