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Meet the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Get ready for the rock event of the year

(Left to right) Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton and Eminem
(Left to right) Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton and Eminem
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Is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame finally getting diverse? Find out by watching the Nov. 5 ceremony when it airs on HBO Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET (also streaming on HBO Max and broadcast on SiriusXM’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310 and Volume channel 106).

There’s some evidence the Hall is broadening its umbrella: The 2022 slate includes one true rock act and entries from country, rap, synth-pop, New Wave, folk-pop and R&B-pop.

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Metal act Judas Priest and rap pioneers Jimmy Jam, 63, and Terry Lewis, 65, get the Musical Excellence award. Calypso/pop singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte, 95, and the late folk/blues musician Elizabeth Cotten are this year’s Early Influences. And the Ahmet Ertegun Award will be given to music attorney Allen Grubman, Interscope Records founder Jimmy Iovine and the late Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson.

Here are the seven performers who’ll be inducted this year and why they matter: 

Belter Pat Benatar and her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, delivered some of the 1980s’ most aggressive rock hits, from “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” to “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Treat Me Right.” A trained mezzo soprano with a strapping voice, she was the first woman (and Giraldo, 66, the first guitarist) to appear on MTV when their cover of the Young Rascals’ “You Better Run” was the new channel’s second video in 1981 (after The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”). That same year, Benatar, 69, won the first of four consecutive Grammys for best female rock vocal.

Duran Duran, named after Jane Fonda's nemesis in 1968’s Barbarella and shaped by Roxy Music and David Bowie, combined catchy pop, glam rock and fashion swagger in such influential ’80s hits as “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Their sexually explicit “Girls on Film” video was banned in England and edited for MTV in the U.S. When similar synth-driven acts faded in the ’90s, Duran Duran modified its sound and teamed with modern producers to remain relevant.  

Eminem, aka Slim Shady, born Marshall Mathers, fled a troubled Detroit childhood for Los Angeles and rhymed his way to the top of the hip-hop kingdom. He courted controversy through feuds, family dramas and homophobic lyrics, but his confessional and powerful songs also addressed dirty politicians (“Mosh”), domestic violence (“Love the Way You Lie”) and injustice (“White America”). Eminem, 50, helped build rap into the best-selling genre on earth. He has won 15 Grammys and was the first artist to rack up 10 consecutive No. 1 album debuts on the Billboard 200.

Lionel Richie ruled the airwaves in the late 1970s and 1980s, first as a vocalist for funky hit machine The Commodores and then as an R&B balladeer. Richie, 73, glided to chart heights with hits like “Three Times a Lady,” “All Night Long,” and his Diana Ross duet “Endless Love.” He cowrote “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson, the 1985 charity single that sold 20 million copies. His silky, expressive voice, poignant love songs, and spirited dance tunes have influenced a wide range of artists ever since his Commodores signed with Motown in 1972.

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Eurythmics beguiled and unnerved the music world with 1983’s “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Singer Annie Lennox, 67, and musician/producer Dave Stewart, 70, brought a synth-infused, psychedelic, futuristic spookiness to mainstream pop with that indelible signature tune, and followup hits “Would I Lie to You,” “Here Comes the Rain Again," and the rousing foul funk anthem “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” featuring Aretha Franklin. Lennox’s enticing and intimidating androgynous theatrics in videos and performances cemented their strange charm.

Dolly Parton, 76, born poor yet rich in spirit in rural Tennessee, wrote her first song, “Puppy Love,” at 11, and moved to Nashville after high school. She wrote nearly 3,000 songs, and her girly yet determined voice and over-the-top image propelled her long ride to the top, where she has remained for six decades. “Jolene,” “Here You Come Again,” “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You” are songs we will always love.

Carly Simon, 77, grew up as the wealthy daughter of Simon & Schuster’s cofounder, but her confessional songs about love, betrayal, loss and family spoke to contemporary women across all classes and generations. The Grammy winner for best new artist for her 1971 breakthrough “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” she scored a string of hits: “Anticipation,” “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “Mockingbird” (a duet with then-husband James Taylor), and her most famous tune, “You’re So Vain.” Mick Jagger and Warren Beatty probably think it’s about them.