Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor.
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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, president. he said. Rock Hall, in a statement Wednesday.
Parton called on social media to “respectfully bow down” to the process, saying she didn’t want to take votes from the remaining candidates and had “not earned that right.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying that the ballots have already been sent and it is up to voters to elect Parton. Parton later said she would accept an induction.
In his quote, Hall called Parton “a living legend and a paradigm of women’s empowerment”, adding that “her crossover success broadened audiences to country music and expanded horizons for countless artists.”
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To be eligible, artists are required to release their first record 25 years before joining. Parton, Richie, Simon and Duran Duran were selected in their first round. Simon was nominated for the first time this year, 25 years after he became eligible. Eminem became the 10th hip-hop act to be involved, making the cut in his first ballot.
Hall also announced Wednesday that Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are receiving awards for musical excellence and that Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotton will be honored with the Early Influence Award.
Other artists and groups that failed to make it to the artist category this year are A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Dion Warwick, Beck, Kate Bush, DEVO, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.
Parton is most closely associated with country music and is in the Country Hall of Fame, but has performed songs with a rock feel. Artists who made up both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams, and the Everly Brothers.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.