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Amid soaring gas and food prices, war in Europe and other crises, entertainment legend Dolly Parton inadvertently breathed some much-needed levity into the public consciousness.

The 11-time Grammy Award winner stunned the music world by removing herself from consideration for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.

“Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel I have earned that right,” Parton tweeted Monday. “I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”

Essentially, the country music legend suggested that she doesn’t deserve to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because she hasn’t done much rock music.

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However, Parton said, she’d be delighted to be considered for the honor in the future — perhaps after she releases a rock album.

“I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again — if I’m ever worthy,” she tweeted.

“This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ’n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock ‘n’ roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one.”

On Thursday, officials at the Cleveland institution responded to Parton’s tweet, saying she will remain on the list of nominees.

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In addition to Parton, the diverse group of 17 nominees includes Pat Benatar, the Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Devo, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Duran Duran and Eminem.

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