She’s already a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, but soon, Dolly Parton could be enshrined in the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well. She just needs some help.
On Wednesday (February 2), Parton was part of a diverse list of nominees for the Rock Hall’s upcoming Class of 2022 induction. And after a voting period where fans can weigh in, the chosen few will be announced May.
Joining Parton on the ballot are artists from all across the musical spectrum, featuring stars from the worlds of classic rock, punk, rap and beyond. Parton is the only country artist on the list, and the others are Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, Beck, Pat Benatar, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, Kate Bush, Devo, Judas Priest, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.
For the next few months votes will be tallied from more than 1,000 artists, historians, journalists, and members of the music industry, with the top vote getters earning a spot. But it’s not purely in the hands of experts — fans can vote, too, either online or in person at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Head over to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website to cast a ballot.
“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes said in a statement. “Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”
This is the first time Dolly Parton has been included as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, but she wouldn’t be the first country star to be inducted. Others include Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Brenda Lee and more. We’ll post an update about Parton’s status when more info is released.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 included Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z. Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren.