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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announce 2022 Nominees

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 nominations are in, and the diverse list of musicians includes EminemDolly PartonLionel RichieDuran Duran, Beck, Pat Benatar, Carly SimonA Tribe Called QuestKate BushDevoJudas Priest, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, and Dionne Warwick.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes “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.”

To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1996 or earlier. Seven of the 2022 nominees – including Beck, Eminem, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and A Tribe Called Quest – are on the ballot for the first time, but Eminem is the only one to appear in his first year of eligibility as his debut LP Infinite was released in 1996.

This is the sixth nomination for MC5, the fourth nomination for Rage Against the Machine, the third for Kate Bush, Devo, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, and the New York Dolls, and the second nomination for Pat Benatar, Fela Kuti, and Dionne Warwick.

A voter pool of more than 1,000 artists, historians, journalists, and members of the music industry will select the class of 2020 and starting today, fans will also have a chance to take part in the process by voting at or at an interactive kiosk at the museum in Cleveland. Their selections will count as a single “fan ballot” that gets tabulated along with the others.

The top vote-getters for 2022 will be announced in May and inducted in the fall bu the organziation has not yet said where the ceremony will take place.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Erik Drost