On the morning of Wednesday (May 4), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced which of this year’s nominees will be presented at the 2022 gala on November 5 in Los Angeles.
Rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and pop singer-songwriter Carly Simon top the class of 2022.
Additionally, heavy metal installations Judas Priest and powerful songwriter/producer duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are also joining Rock Hall with the “Music Excellence Award” (originally called the “sidemen” category when it debuted). Judas Priest is the second band to receive the Music Excellence Award. E Street was the first.
“Wow, this is so exciting—finally. Finally, you know?” said Rob Halford of Judas Reverend. painting After receiving the news before the public announcement. “And glory, there is another metal band in the Hall of Fame! This is the blessing we have all been waiting for.”
In the Early Impact Award category, “King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte and folklore and blues legend Elizabeth Cotten join RRHOF. Allen Grubman, Jimmy Yovin and Sylvia Robinson are recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Robinson is the fourth woman to receive the Ahmet Ergun Award. Furthermore, she is the first black woman and the first woman who was primarily known as a record company executive to receive this award. The first three women to receive the award are songwriters Carol King (1990), Ellie Greenwich, and Cynthia Weil (both 2010).
“Each diverse group of recruits has had a profound impact on the voice of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ‘n’ roll,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in a press release. “Their music has moved generations and influenced many of the artists who followed.”
Artists are eligible for a Rock Hall nomination 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Among this class, Eminem, Duran Duran, Ritchie, Simon, and Barton see induction after appearing on the ballot only once. This is also the first year of Eminem eligibility; 2022 saw the second nomination for Eurythmics and Benatar.
“To be elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an incredible honor. I would like to express my thanks to all the voters, all the wonderful fans, and everyone in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of my fellow 2022 participants!” Ritchie said in a statement to painting.
Speaking from France as they continue their European tour, Duran Duran striker Simone Le Bon said in a statement, “Here in the beautiful world of Duran Duran, I think we’re all in a daze at this. Being nominated is one thing – but it’s quite another being voted. Already to go to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which in my opinion is the closest thing you’ll ever get to a rock and roll jockey. This is truly a special and most appreciative appreciation of our lifelong dedication to new music. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our fans, and to everyone Last kept us #1 for nearly the entire duration of the public vote at RockHall 2022. We are truly humbled and pleased with the depth of your support, and would like to share this historic day of Duran with all of you.”
The band’s guitarist, John Taylor, added, “It’s such an honor to have Duran Duran been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we never expected that. We’ve never thought of ourselves as a rock ‘n’ roll band, more than an “ongoing art project,” however, and I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the recognition this award represents. We are excited to see some of our contemporaries joining us this year, especially Annie and Dave, and we’d like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to sign up and vote for us. The massive support that allowed us to win the votes of the people was incredible. We are looking forward to performing at the Gala in Los Angeles! “
Meanwhile, Parton’s induction comes after she declined her nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. “Although I am very grateful and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Celebrity Award, I don’t feel like I earned that right,” Barton said on social media during the voting period. “I really don’t want the votes to split because of me, so I have to bow respectfully.” She later shared in an interview with NPR that she would “safely accept.” Now that it’s official? She does what she said she would do.
“I am honored and humiliated by the fact that I have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course I will kindly accept,” the country icon said in a statement. She shared it on her social media accounts. “Thank you to everyone who voted for me and everyone in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I will continue to work hard and try to live up to the honor. Love Dolly.”
The 2022 concert will be the first time in the hall’s 37-year history that six female artists — Benatar, Barton, Simone, Cotten, Robinson and Annie Lennox (which included Eurythmics with partner Dave Stewart) — will be performed in one class. Prior to RRHOF’s induction, Lennox and Stewart will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 16 in New York. They were notified of the award in December 2019, but the ceremony has been postponed twice due to the pandemic.
“It’s full circle,” said Stewart of the Eurythmics team. painting After hearing the news before the public announcement. “We never imagined anything (Lennox) from Scotland and I from northern England, that we would go to America, let alone this. We never imagined that it would end up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Ticket information for the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be available soon. The party takes place November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with simultaneous broadcasts on SiriusXM’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. The event will also later air on HBO and stream on HBO Max, which you can sign up for here.