The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has put an end to the controversy. Just days before it reveals its newest candidates for induction, the Hall has responded to recent criticism about inducting artists from outside the rock genre. The most notable recent example of this was Dolly Parton’s refusal to accept her nomination due in part to the scandal.
“I don’t feel I have earned that right,” Parton said. But the Hall didn’t agree with her and she was inducted anyway. Other non-rock inductees include LL Cool J and Eminem. And potentially in an effort to stop inevitable backlash this year, the Hall issued its policy for all to read.
“From its inception, rock ‘n’ roll has had deep roots in rhythm & blues and country music,” wrote the Rock Hall. “It is not defined by any one genre, rather a sound that moves youth culture. Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country and gospel, rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all.”
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock