Dolly Parton clarifies why she initially turned down Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination

"I just didn’t feel like I really measured up."

Dolly Parton says she was not disrespected by initially turning down her nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As she explained in a recent Billboard interview, it's not that she didn't appreciate the honor—she believed she didn't deserve it.

"I feel honored that everyone who voted for me did.

And I commend the people of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for being there with me.

I never meant to create trouble or provoke any controversy,” she said.

"So I just wanted to go out before I got off to a good start," she said.

"I found out later that it is much more than that, obviously. ... I am very respected and humbled by (induction), and so I will try to live it up.

"Even though I'm extremely happy and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I don't think I've earned that right," she wrote on Instagram at the time.

"I really don't want votes to be divided because of me, so I should bow down respectfully."

"I'm going to sing the hardest style rock 'n' roll song I'll ever come up with just to show that I can do it," she said.