Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces class of ‘22 


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Amanda Salazar, Editor-in-Chief

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2022 inductees on May 4. The list shows Pat Benatar,

Lionel Richie, Eminem, Carly Simon, Harry Belafonte, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Judas Priest and Dolly Parton will all be inducted into the “performer category.”

The institution made its initial announcement of nominees to the Hall of Fame in February, to which Parton, who is largely considered a country and pop artist, had actually declined the offer.

Parton had responded that while she was flattered at the nomination, she would respectfully “bow out” of the selection process so that musicians who worked more within the rock genre could be awarded instead.

She felt her rock music abilities didn’t measure up to other artists who were either being nominated or who were already inducted.

“It was just always my belief — and I think millions of other people out there too — always thought the

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was just set up for the greatest people in the rock ‘n’ roll business, and I just didn’t feel like I really measured up to that and I don’t want to take anything away from the people that have worked so hard,” Parton told Billboard in a phone call interview. “So, I just wanted to go pull out before it got started good. I found out later that it’s far more than that, obviously . . . I’m very honored and humbled by [the induction], and so I’ll try to live up to it.”

Despite publicly saying she would remove herself from the running, the ballots had already been sent out to the roughly 1,000 music industry voters with her name on them as a nominee.

Afterward, she said that if she were to be chosen for induction, she would gracefully accept and do her best to live up to the honor. Ultimately, that’s what happened.

“I feel great,” Parton told Billboard. “I feel honored that all the people that voted for me did. And I appreciate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame people for staying there with me.”

Parton has released 47 Top 10 albums throughout her career and has 47 global gold and platinum certifications from countries including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

Other nominees include Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who are receiving the Musical Excellence Awards. The Early Influence Awards will be going to Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotton. Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine and Sylvia Robinson will each be receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award.