The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have announced this year’s inductees: Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Carly Simon, Lionel Richie, and Pat Benatar. The Class of 2022 will be inducted during a ceremony held in Los Angeles on November 5th.
Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be honored with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Musical Excellence Award, while Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will receive the Early Influence Award. Jimmy Iovine and Sugarhill Records founder Sylvia Robinson will be awarded the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which honors non-performing industry professionals.
Parton originally asked to be removed from the ballad saying “Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated… I don’t feel that I have earned that right,” the country music legend wrote in a statement in March. “I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”
She later changed her mind saying she would “gracefully accept” a spot in the Rock Hall. “It was always my belief that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was for people in rock music,” Parton stated. “I have found out lately it’s not necessarily that. But if they can’t go there to be recognized, where can they go? And so I felt like I was taking away from someone that maybe deserved it certainly more than me since I never considered myself a rock artist. But obviously, there’s more to it than that.”
The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5th. It will be simulcast live on SiriusXM, with a television broadcast on HBO and HBO Max airing at a later date.
Congrats to this year’s inductees!