Dolly Parton has removed herself as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying she does not feel she has “earned” recognition by the museum.
The country music star, who recently released new album Run Rose Run, was among the artists nominated this year.
Other nominees include Eminem, A Tribe Called Quest, Duran Duran, Carly Simon and Beck, all of whom are still on the longlist for the Rock Hall.
Fans are able to vote for their favourites until 29 April, with the inductees announced in May.
On Monday (14 March), Parton shared a statement to Twitter explaining that she would be withdrawing from the race.
Dolly here!” Parton wrote. “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 and 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!”
She added: “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. Good luck!”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 14, 2022