Special Report

Famous People Who’ve Turned Down Major Awards or Nominations

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Thom Yorke (rock musician)
> Declined award or nomination Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
> Year: 2019
> Reason: The concept of the institution is foreign to Radiohead

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Greta Thunberg (climate activist)
> Declined award or nomination Nordic Council’s environmental award
> Year: 2019
> Reason: Not enough was being done to address climate change

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Tom Cruise (actor)
> Declined award or nomination Returned his three Golden Globe awards
> Year: 2021
> Reason: In protest against the lack of diversity in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Drake (singer and rap artist)
> Declined award or nomination Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album
> Year: 2022
> Reason: Frustration with the disconnect between impactful music and those artists garnering nominations

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Dolly Parton (singer and songwriter)
> Declined award or nomination Presidential Medal of Freedom
> Year: during Trump administration
> Reason: Her husband was sick with COVID, and she didn’t want to appear political

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