Despite a last-minute plea to “respectfully withdraw” from interest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, country singer Dolly Parton pulled it off anyway, joining a musically diverse group of 2022 inductees that also includes Eminem and Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar.
Rock ‘n’ roll chairman John Sykes said the honorees – who have been voted by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals – “have each had a profound impact on the voice of youth culture and helped change the course of rock’n’roll music.” Roll”. Rock Hall, in a statement.
Parton, 76, said in March that she was “extremely happy and grateful to be nominated” but didn’t feel she “got that right” to be recognized as a rock artist at the expense of others. However, ballots have already been sent out to voters, and the hall said they will remain unchanged, noting that the organization is “not defined by any one genre” and has deep roots in country and rhythm and blues.
In an interview with NPR last week, Parton said she would accept her induction after all, if that happened. “He was always sure that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was for people working in rock, and I’ve found out recently that it doesn’t have to be,” she said.
But she added, “If they can’t go there to be recognized, where do they go? So I felt like I’d take from someone who probably deserved it, definitely more than me, because I’d never considered myself a rock artist.”
After years of criticism about diversity—less than 8 percent of recruits are women as of 2019—Rock Hall has made a point in recent years to expand its remit. Artists like Jay-Z, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson have been welcomed into the worlds of rap, R&B and pop, along with notable women of various genres such as Go-Go’s, Carole King and Tina Turner.
This year, Eminem became the tenth hip-hop group to be entered, which made him drop his first ballot. (Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.)
Parton, Richie, Simon and Duran Duran were also selected in the first round, while new nominees like Beck and A Tribe Called Quest, who had been eligible for more than a decade, were passed over. Simon, known for her popular songs like “You So Vain,” was a first-time nominee more than 25 years after qualifying. Benatar and Eurythmics, a longtime qualified, have both been considered once before.
Also passed this year are Kate Bush, Defoe, Villa Coty, MC5, New York Dolls, Raj Against the Machine and Dionne Warwick.
Judas Priest was on the ballot, but will instead be inducted into the Non-Performers category for Musical Excellence, along with songwriting and production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be honored with the Early Impact Award, while CEOs Allen Grobman, Jamie Iovine and Sylvia Robinson are set to receive the Ahmet Ergonon Award, named in honor of longtime Atlantic Records and one of the founders of Rock Hall.
The 37th Annual Induction Ceremony will be held on the 3rd of November. 5, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and will later air on HBO and SiriusXM.