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Eminem & Lionel Richie Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eminem and Lionel Richie are new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, while A Tribe Called Quest didn’t make the cut.

The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class is here. On Tuesday, it was announced that Eminem and Lionel Richie have been inducted to the legendary Rock Hall, along with Dolly Parton – who initially declined to accept her nomination – along with Duran Duran, Carly Simon, Eurythmics and Pat Benatar. Eminem has been inducted in his first year of eligibility, as his his debut album Infinite released in 1996.

Additional acts who were nominated to the Rock Hall included A Tribe Called Quest, Dionne Warwick and Fela Kuti, with LL Cool J and JAY-Z being inducted into the music institution last year. Along with the performer category, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be honored with the Musical Excellence Award, Harry Belafonte will receive the Early Influence Award and the Ahmet Ertegun Award will be awarded to late Sugarhill Records founder Sylvia Robinson and Interscope and Beats founder Jimmy Iovine.

“This diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock and roll,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed.”

Last year, Eminem performed “Rock the Bells” with LL Cool J at the 2021 induction ceremony and in 2009, he also gave a speech inducting Run-DMC into the Rock Hall.

On November 5th, the class of 2022 induction ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will broadcast on SiriusXM’s Volume channel and air at a later date on HBO and HBO Max.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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