The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has detailed the inductees for 2022, including Eminem, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, and Carly Simon, who will all enter the Cleveland institution as performers.
Also slated for induction this fall in Los Angeles are Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Judas Priest, who will receive the Musical Excellence Award. Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will take home Early Influence Awards, and attorney Allen Grubman, record executive/producer Jimmy Iovine, and R&B singer/Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson will be given the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
The induction ceremony will occur on November 5th at the Microsoft Theater in L.A., broadcast on HBO and HBO Max at a later date. Listeners can also tune in to a live simulcast on SiriusXM Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio on channel 310. Ticketing information to attend the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
“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, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed.”
This news comes after Dolly Parton previously tried to withdraw her name from consideration back in March. Like many others in the general public, the country music icon did not think she fit the bill for the Rock Hall.
“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,” she wrote on Twitter. “I really do not want votes split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame doubled down, however, noting that ballots were already sent out and that Parton was indeed worthy. Not one to kick up much of a fuss, Parton ultimately relented and said she’d “accept gracefully” should she garner the required votes.
“It was always my belief that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was for people in rock music,” she told NPR. “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.”
This year’s induction ceremony could set the stage for some sizable reunions, including Eurythmics. The pop duo of Annie Lenox and Dave Stewart previously reconvened at Sting‘s rainforest benefit back in 2019, and reportedly remain good friends. Judas Priest will also have a chance to reconnect with former guitarist K.K. Downing, who left the group in 2011 and started K.K.’s Priest with former drummer Les Blinks, who will also enter the Hall along with late Priest drummer Dave Holland. Duran Duran’s current lineup will be inducted alongside former guitarists Warren Cuccurullo and Andy Taylor who left in 2001 and 2006, respectively.