Take a Look at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees For 2022

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 have been unveiled. The list of nominees include Eminem, Kate Bush, Beck, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Rage Against The Machine, A Tribe Called Quest, Carly Simon, Judas Priest, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls, Dionne Warwick, MC5, DEVO, and Pat Benatar.

A panel of over 1,000 artists, industry professionals, and historians will vote on which five acts from the 17 will advance to the final stage of induction consideration. Fans can also participate in the selection process. The results of five acts will be tabulated alongside the other ballots to determine the Class of 2022. This is the first year that Eminem has been considered for a nomination. The Rock Hall’s requirement is that an act’s first commercial recording must have been released 25 years prior to the nomination year.

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This year, Eminem joins Beck, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, A Tribe Called Quest, Carly Simon, and Dolly Parton as first-time Rock Hall nominees, despite the fact that several of those acts were eligible prior to 2022. According to Billboard, MC5 has received their sixth nomination, while Rage Against The Machine has received their fourth. Kate Bush, Judas Priest, New York Dolls, Eurythmics, and Devo have each received three nominations.

After being nominated in 2021, Dionne Warwick and the late Fela Kuti have been nominated again. Pat Benatar is nominated for the second time, after initially appearing on the 2020 ballot. In May, the Rock & Roll Class of 2022 will be revealed. The ceremony’s date and location have yet to be confirmed, but it will take place sometime this autumn.

Following the unveiling of last year’s shortlist in May, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame CEO Greg Harris justified the paucity of heavy metal inductees. In the Performers category, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, and Tina Turner were among the 2021 inductees, along with The Go- Go’s, Carole King, and Todd Rundgren. Meanwhile, the Early Influence Award went to Kraftwerk, Gil Scott-Heron, and Charley Patton.

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Rage Against The Machine and Iron Maiden, who were confirmed to be in the Rock Hall’s Class Of 2021 last February, were not featured in the final roster, reigniting debate about the ceremony’s absence of heavy metal groups.

“It’s an interesting one, because we do [celebrate metal],” Harris told Audacy Music during an interview. “We celebrate all forms of rock’n’roll… We nominated Maiden, Judas Priest have been nominated, we put Def Leppard in.”

Harris explained that “over 80 per cent of [nominees] eventually do get inducted” into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

“So it’s really a question of: let’s keep nominating them, let’s get ​’em on the ballot, and let’s get it out to the voting body,” Harris continued. “This ballot had 16 artists on it. They just can’t all go in.”