Dolly Parton is already a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, but she soon might be part of another Hall of Fame as well! The Grand Ole Opry member is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of 17 nominees, including at Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Devo, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick and more.
“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 and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes says in a statement announcing the nominees. “Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”
To be eligible to be nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, each artist must have released their first commercial recording 25 years before they are nominated. Nominee ballots are voted on by an international committee of more than 1000 artists, historians and other members of the music industry. Factors for nomination include “an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation, and superiority in style and technique” (per Taste of Country).
This year, fans also have the opportunity to vote on who should be inducted. The Fan Vote, available at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website, allows fans to vote for their favorite artist once a day from now until April 29, both online or in person. The Top 5 artists according to fan votes will be part of a fans’ ballot, which will be counted with the other nominee ballots.
If inducted, Parton wouldn’t be the only country artist to be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. Other artists who are a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame include Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, among others.
Other nominees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Beck, Kate Bush, Eminem, Fela Kuti, Judas Priest, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine and A Tribe Called Quest. The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in May, with the induction ceremony to follow in the fall. Details of the ceremony will be announced at a later date.