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After Dolly Parton requested to “respectfully bow out” of consideration to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced that she would be joining Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and Pat Benatar as the Class of 2022 inductees.

In March, Parton said she was flattered and grateful to be nominated for the honor but didn’t believe she had “earned that right,” saying, “I really do not want votes to be split because of me. I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again – if I’m ever worthy.”

The Rock Hall refused to remove her from contention, citing that ballot had already been sent to voters and explained that it was “not defined by any one genre.”

Last week Parton told NPR that she would accept the induction if she were voted in. “It was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it’s not necessarily that,” she said. “If (rock artists) can’t go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist.”