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Dolly Parton earned her "Legend" status long ago. She's already racked up awards including Grammy's Lifetime Achievement, C&W Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center, CMA Lifetime Achievement and Opry induction. So what's taking the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame so long?
Part of the delay no doubt has a lot to do with her country roots. The Rock Hall has honored a handful of other country artists over the years, but performers like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams have skirted the line thanks to their "rebel" reputations. Parton has rarely rocked the boat, but her influence has cut across genres in the decades since she first recorded. She could and should have been nominated years ago but didn't receive her first nomination until 2022.
Her pop appeal alone is enough to justify her induction. She's had more than two dozen pop chart hits in addition to the 100-plus country hits she's tabbed over the years. And she's written and recorded classic songs going all the way back to the early '70s. So, what are you waiting for, Rock Hall voters? We offer Five Reasons Dolly Parton Should Be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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