Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie Lead HOF 2022 Class

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced this year’s inductees: Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics and Carly Simon will join the class of 2022 in the Performers category.

Additionally, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Judas Priest will receive the Musical Excellence Award; Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten receive the Early Influence Award; and attorney Allen Grubman, record executive/producer Jimmy Iovine and R&B singer/Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The induction ceremony will take place on November 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will later air on HBO and stream on HBO Max. There will also be a radio simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310.

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

Dolly Parton enters the hall despite her statement on March 14, weeks after the ballots went out, that she was disregarding herself. The Hall of Fame said it was far too late for such a move, and Parton reversed course just as the voting period closed late last week.

“It was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for people in rock music,” she told NPR. “I’ve come to realize lately that that’s not necessarily the case. But if they can’t go there to be recognized, where can they go? And so I felt like I was taking away someone who might have deserved it more than me because I never thought of myself as a rock artist. But of course there is more to it than that.”

Unlike most years, each entrant from the Performers category is still alive and either an active touring artist or has performed in recent years. Eurythmics is the only inactive group, but Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart remain close friends and they got together for a thrilling set in 2019 at the Rainforest Benefit in New York City. They will almost certainly put on a similar show at the ceremony in November.

Duran Duran’s current lineup enters the Hall of Fame along with former guitarists Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo. They haven’t played with Cuccurullo since he left the group in 2001, and they haven’t played with Taylor since he left in 2006. artistic contributions from both Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo,” Simon Le Bon said on SiriusXM shortly after the Hall of Fame news was announced earlier this year. “If we get through it would be great to be on the podium with them again.”

The introduction of Judas Priest is an opportunity for the band to reunite with guitarist KK Downing. He left the group in 2011 and exchanged bitter words with his ex-bandmates in the press before putting together his own edition of the group called KK’s Priest in 2020. Former drummers Les Blinks and Dave Holland are also inaugurated. Holland passed away in 2018, but Blinks is a member of KK’s Priest and could perform with the band at the induction for the first time in decades.

Eminem is the only hip-hop artist to be inducted as an artist this year, the only artist to start releasing music in the 1990s, and the only act to be inducted in their first year of eligibility. This was the third nomination for Eurythmics and Judas Priest, the second for Pat Benatar (who will be inducted along with her husband and longtime collaborator Neil Giraldo), and the first for Dolly Parton, Carly Simon and Lionel Richie.

This marks only the third time the ceremony has been held in Los Angeles, following the 1993 event at the Century Plaza Hotel and the 2013 event at the Microsoft Theater, then known as the Nokia Theater. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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