Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor.
The honorees — voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals — “each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ’n’ roll,” said John Sykes, the chairman of the Rock Hall, in a statement Wednesday.
Parton had gone on social media to “respectfully bow out” of the process, saying she did not want to take votes away from the remaining nominees and had not “earned that right.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying ballots had already been sent and it was up to the voters to decide if Parton was elected. Parton stated that she will accept induction.
In order to be eligible for induction, an artist must have issued their first recording within 25 years. Parton and Richie were among the selected artists on this first ballot. Simon, who was eligible more than 25 year ago, was the first nominee. Eminem is the 10th inductee from hip-hop, and he made it on his first ballot.
The hall also announced Wednesday that Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are getting the award for musical excellence and that Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be honored with the Early Influence Award.
A Tribe Called Quest and Rage Against the Machine were among the other artists or groups who failed to be inducted in the Performer Category this year.
Parton is associated most with country music, and she is in Country Hall of Fame. But Parton has performed songs with an almost rock-like feel. Some of the artists who made it to the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame are Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Hank Williams and Hank Williams were also inducted.
November 5th, at the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles.
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