Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor.
The winners – 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, chairman of Rock Hall, in a statement Wednesday.
Parton had taken to social media to “respectfully step down” from the process, saying she did not want to take votes away from the remaining candidates and had not “earned that right”. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying that the ballots had already been sent out and it was up to the voters to decide if Parton was elected. Parton later said she would accept an induction.
In its citation, Hall called Parton a “living legend and paragon of female empowerment,” adding that “her crossover success broadened country music’s audience and broadened the horizons of countless artists who followed.” .
To be eligible, artists must have released their first record 25 years prior to induction. Parton, Richie, Simon and Duran Duran were selected in their first round. Simon was nominated for the first time this year more than 25 years after becoming eligible. Eminem becomes the 10th hip-hop group to be inducted, making the cut on their first ballot.
The hall also announced on Wednesday that Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received the award for musical excellence and that Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten would be honored with the Early Influence Award.
Other artists and groups that failed induction into the performer category this year include A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Dionne Warwick, Beck, Kate Bush, DEVO, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.
Parton is mostly associated with country music and is in the Country Hall of Fame, but she performed songs with a rock edge. Artists who have made both the Rock Hall and the Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers.
The induction ceremony will take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
—Mark Kennedy, Associated Press