Dolly Parton is among the seventeen nominees for the 2022 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
If inducted, she would join the very small ranks of inductees primarily known for their work in country music. She’d also be the second woman, after Brenda Lee, to be inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.
The Hall is slowly making up for its ridiculous lack of female inductees. Parton is joined on the ballot this year by Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, and the Annie Lennox-fronted Eurythmics.
I’d sign off on all seventeen of this year’s nominees going in together, and I’m really, really pulling for Kate Bush to finally get in.
But country music’s place in the big tent of Rock and Roll hasn’t been acknowledged nearly enough over the years, and I can’t think of a better artist to represent it than Dolly Parton.