KEY POINTS

  • This is the first time Dolly Parton was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • She is already on the lists of Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • The nomination has inspired Parton to release a rock & roll album in the future

Dolly Parton has declined her nomination for the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because she feels she has not yet "earned" the right to have a place in the prestigious roster.

The 76-year-old country music star took to her Instagram page Monday to explain why she turned down the nomination.

"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," she began her post.

This is the first time Parton was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The other nominees include Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers, Beck, Devo, Kate Bush, Eminem, Rage Against the Machine and Carly Simon.

The prolific singer-songwriter has sold over 100 million records worldwide in her long career and is already on the lists of Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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

While the "Jolene" singer feels she is not "rock and roll" enough to be worthy of the nomination, she says her husband is a "rock 'n' roll freak who always encouraged me to do one."

She said the nomination has inspired her to do something she has never done before.

"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.

The "Big Dreams and Faded Jeans" artist previously revealed she was "not expecting to get in."

"I was absolutely floored when I heard that. I've never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word — but I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had, and I guess I've had songs with other people in that realm…I'm not expecting that I'll get in," she told Billboard.

"But if I do, I'll immediately, next year, have to put out a great rock and roll album — which I've wanted to do for years, like a Linda Ronstadt or Heart kind of thing. So this may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that. It's just nice to be nominated," she added.

Dolly Parton UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 10: In this screengrab released on December 10, Dolly Parton performs during the Billboard Women In Music 2020 event on December 10, 2020. (Photo by 2020 Billboard Women In Music/Getty Images for Billboard) Photo: 2020 Billboard Women In Music/Getty Images for Billboard