Dolly Parton shocked the world when she politely declined the offer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Although she was very grateful for the offer and has some rock and roll credibility given that she covered songs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Neil Young, she admitted that she was a country music artist and that she wouldn’t feel good if she accepted the offer.
“While I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t think I’ve earned that right. I really don’t want the votes split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.
However, the bulletins have already been sent, so maybe she has no choice…
“Dolly’s recommendation, along with the 16 other nominees for the Class of 2022, was sent earlier this month to our 1,200 general ballot voters, the majority of whom are entertainers themselves, for consideration. consideration for induction at our ceremony.”
Despite its name, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts artists of all genres and has become the de facto “music hall of fame”. Whether that makes sense (to me it doesn’t) we can debate later, but it seems kind of silly to have pop stars, country artists and rappers do something titled Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Not to mention there are plenty of rock bands that still haven’t been inducted like Ted Nugent, Oasis, Soundgarden, The Smiths, Iron Maiden and many more.
That being said, there are still a number of country artists who have entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Let’s take a look at the country artists who carved their name into rock and roll fame, according to Billboard.
Chet Atkins (2002)
Guitarist, producer of songwriters, Chet is recognized for having been an important player in the development of “Nashville Sound”. He was inducted into the Musical Excellence category which “will be awarded to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence in musical creation have had a dramatic impact on music”.
Johnny Cash (1992)
The man who needs no explanation…
Floyd Cramer (2003)
A session pianist in Nashville, like Chet Atkins, Floyd was inducted into the Rock Hall in the category of Musical Excellence.
Bill Monroe (1997)
The talented singer, songwriter and mandolin player is known as the father of Bluegrass music.
Jimmie Rodgers (1986)
Known as the father of country music, he was inducted into the Early Influences category which “will be awarded to an artist or group whose music and performance style directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock & roll and music that impacted youth culture. .”
Other early influences include artists like Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, the Everly Brothers, James Brown and Bob Wills.
Hank Williams (1987)
No explanation needed either…
Bob Willis and his Texas Playboys (1999)
As mentioned earlier, Bob Wills was inducted into the Early Influences category for his pioneering work in country music. Known as the king of western swing, he influenced Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, etc.
Sure, there are a few other artists who are both Country Music Hall of Famers and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, but they aren’t known primarily for being country artists. Artists like Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, Sam Phillips or Ray Charles.
But in decline or not, it looks like Dolly will be next.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 14, 2022