The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled its nominees for the class of 2022 on Wednesday morning, and the list includes Beck, Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon Dolly Parton, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Devo, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, MC5, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, Rage Against the Machine, the New York Dolls, and Dionne Warwick are only seven of the 10 musicians that have previously been nominated in the past several years and are now on the list again.
This year’s field was unveiled live on SiriusXM channel 106’s “Feedback” morning broadcast with presenters Nik Carter as well as Lori Majewski on Rock Hall social platforms. Voting results will be announced in May. At a later date, the date and location of the fall ceremony will be revealed.
The Rap God Eminem aka Slim Shady is the only one of the seven first-time musicians to receive a nomination this year. To be eligible, a performer must have released their first commercial recording 25 years before the application deadline. Eminem’s debut album, “Infinite,” was released in late 1996, and only a few fans have a copy of it since the aspiring rapper traded the LP and cassette from the trunk of the car before signing with Interscope.
Dolly Parton is the first-time nominee who kind of had to wait forever. Her first records were released in the early 1960s, making the country-pop artist qualified ever since the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Almost all of the repeating nominees went through similar anticipation before. MC5 has experienced the most near-misses and this is the band’s sixth time on the poll. This is “Rage Against the Machine’s” fourth time in the running; they were nominated for the award in 2013.
For the third time, The New York Dolls, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, and Devo, have been nominated. But for Fela Kuti, Judas Priest, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, and Eurythmics, this is only their second nomination on board. Apart from Eurythmics, who last appeared on the list in 2018, all of the recurring nominees were nominated either the year before or the year before that.
Nobody will be able to claim that this year’s nominations list lacks diversity. There will be many who say the crop is too diversified since “rock and roll” are again considered as a huge tent with a place for hip-hop, pop singer-songwriters, country, and Afrobeat along with rock subgenres like metal and glam-rock; nonetheless, this is something we go through every year.
John Sykes, chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation says-
“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture.” “Their music not only moved generations but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”
Nominee ballots are passed on to an international voting body comprised of 1,000 musicians, historians, as well as big names of the music industry.