The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2022

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2022
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2022

On Wednesday morning, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame introduced which of this yr’s nominees will probably be inducted at the 2022 ceremony on Nov. 5  in Los Angeles.

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Rock hitmaker Pat Benatar, new wave chart-toppers Duran Duran, hip-hop heavyweight Eminem, synth-pop duo Eurythmics, nation legend Dolly Parton, R&B hitmaker Lionel Richie and pop singer-songwriter Carly Simon make up the Class of 2022.

Additionally, heavy metallic fixtures Judas Priest and songwriting/manufacturing powerhouse duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are additionally becoming a member of the Rock Hall with the “award for musical excellence” (which was initially titled the “sidemen” class when it debuted). Judas Priest is the second band to obtain the award for musical excellence; the E Street Band was the primary.

“Wow, this is so exciting — at last. At last, you know?” Judas Priest’s Rob Halford informed Billboard after receiving the information earlier than the general public announcement. “And, glory hallelujah, there’s another metal band in the hall of fame! That’s the blessing we’ve all been waiting for.”

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Under the “early influence award” class, the “King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte and folks and blues legend Elizabeth Cotten is becoming a member of the RRHOF. Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson are the recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Robinson is simply the fourth lady to obtain the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Moreover, she’s the primary Black lady and the primary lady who was primarily often known as a report label govt to obtain that award. The first three girls to obtain the award have been songwriters Carole King (1990) and Ellie Greenwich and Cynthia Weil (2010).

“This diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock & roll,” stated John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in a press assertion. “Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed.”

Artists are eligible for Rock Hall nomination 25 years after their first business recording got here out. Of this class, Eminem, Duran Duran, Richie, Simon, and Parton see induction after showing on the poll simply as soon. This can be Eminem’s first yr of eligibility; 2022 marked the second nomination for Eurythmics and Benatar.

“Being elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an incredible honor. I would like to say THANK YOU to all of the voters, to all of my wonderful fans, and to everyone at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of my fellow 2022 inductees!” Richie stated in a press release to Billboard.

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Parton’s induction comes after she turned down her nomination for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. “Even though I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right,” Parton stated on social media. “I really do not want votes split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”

However, simply days earlier than the inductees have been introduced, the 10-time Grammy winner shared in an interview with NPR that she would “accept gracefully” if she have been to obtain the consideration because the RRHOF introduced they’ll be retaining her on the poll regardless of her assertion. “I would just say thanks and I’ll accept it because the fans vote,” she continued. “But when I said that, it was always my belief that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was for the people in rock music, and I have found out lately that it’s not necessarily that. But if they can’t go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I just felt like I would be taking away from someone that maybe deserved it, certainly more than me, because I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously, there’s more to it than that.”

The 2022 ceremony would be the first time within Hall’s 37-year historical past that six feminine acts — Benatar, Parton, Simon, Cotten, Robinson, and Annie Lennox (who comprised Eurythmics along with her companion Dave Stewart) — will probably be inducted in a single class. Before their RRHOF induction, Lennox and Stewart will probably be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 16 in New York. They have been notified of the award in December 2019, however, the ceremony was postponed twice as a result of the pandemic.

“It’s a full circle,” the Eurythmics’ Stewart informed Billboard after listening to the information earlier than the general public announcement. “We never imagined anything, (Lennox) from Scotland and me from Northern England, that we would ever go to America, much less this. We never imagined that would end up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Ticket data for the thirty-seventh annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will probably be out there quickly. The ceremony takes place on Nov. 5 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. The occasion will even air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max, which you’ll join right here.