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Dolly Parton turns down Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination

Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right."

Singer announced the decision in a statement posted on social media

Dolly Parton, 76, attends the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium on March 7 in Nevada. The singer was nominated for this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame but decided to remove herself from the list. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year's nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn't "earned that right."

The music icon, who has been elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, explained her decision in a statement posted on her official social media pages on Monday, noting she did not want to take votes away from the remaining nominees.

Parton writes that "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."

Other artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers

Parton was named on the Rock Hall shortlist last month, alongside fellow first-time nominees Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran and A Tribe Called Quest.

The Cleveland-based institution had announced 17 artists and groups being considered for induction, also including Rage Against the Machine, Pat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Beck.

The other nominees are Kate Bush, Devo, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.

Parton's statement continues, "I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again, if I'm ever worthy."

"I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment," Parton concludes. "Rock on!"

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