NEW YORK, UNITED STATES.- Dolly Partoncountry music icon, entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Famedespite the fact that the artist did not want that honor, considering herself unworthy of it.
The singer was part of an eclectic group of new members of this select club, which includes rapper Eminem, singer and actor Harry Belafonte, rocker Pat Benatar, the British band Duran Duran and singer, songwriter and producer Lionel Richie. , among others.
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Parton, 76, and known for hits like “Islands in the Stream” and “Jolene,” asked last month that her name not be considered for the honor.
“While I am extremely flattered and grateful to have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of FameI don’t feel like I’ve earned that right,” he said.
When the Hall of Fame rejected his denial, in part because the vote was already underway, Parton eventually relented.
The organization claimed that Parton was much more than a country music star. “With her pioneering career as a songwriter, her unmistakable voice, her country glamour, her business savvy and her humanitarian work, Dolly Parton is a beloved icon who transcends the genre she forever transformed,” the organization wrote on its website. .
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Country stars are no strangers to the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame: Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers and Chet Atkins make up its ranks.
Other new members announced Wednesday include Carly Simon, the Eurythmics and Judas Priest.
The new honorees will be formally inducted at a ceremony in Los Angeles on November 5.
In an interview with National Public Radio, Parton said that, after first saying no on the grounds that she always believed the organization in Cleveland was for rock and roll people, she would “accept with dignity” if she was included in the Hall of Fame. Fame.
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“So I felt like I was taking the job away from someone who maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist,” Parton said. “But obviously there’s more to it than that.”
Artists can be admitted by the organization 25 years after their first commercial release of music. They are chosen by a group of more than 1,000 artists, music historians and industry veterans.