Dolly Parton declines nomination to be first-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Famous country and bluegrass singer says hasn't "earned that right"
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Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton says she won’t accept this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination because she hasn't "earned that right."

Parton, a country and bluegrass singer, announced her decision Monday night on social media.  

"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," posted Parton, already inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame. "I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out."

Other artists inducted into both the Rock and Country halls of fame include Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley, according to the Associated Press.

This year's first-time Rock Hall nominees also include Duran Duran, Eminem and Lionel Richie.

A total 17 artists and groups are being considered this year for induction including Beck, Pat Benatar and Rage Against the Machine, the wire service also reports.

Despite declining, the 76-year-old Parton says the nomination has inspired her to sing and record rock music.

"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 said. "My husband is a total rock 'n' roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one."