If you thought Metal Masters Judas Priest would be put on the Rock Hall waiting list once again this year, you've got another thing comin'. The band's "twin guitar attack, driving riffs, soaring operatic vocals and pounding drums" have officially been recognized for induction into Rock's hallowed halls.
Halford says the honor is not only a win for Priest, but for "Heavy Metal here in the U.S. and around the world. This is just the power and the reach that the Hall of Fame has, so it's time to celebrate!"
The British musicians (Les Binks, K. K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton, and Scott Travis) join this year's class as recipients of the organization's Musical Excellence Award, along with R&B/pop songwriting team Jimmy Tam & Terry Lewis -- among a number of others selected by the board for inclusion outside of the popular fan and industry voting system. Scroll below for a complete list of the 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Musical Excellence Award
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Early Influence Award
Ahmet Ertegun Award
Breaking the laws of Rock ever since their formation in 1969 Birmingham, Judas Priest is already known as one of the most influential Heavy Metal bands to ever grace the genre -- and their 50 Years of Heavy Metal commemorations are going into overdrive this year with tour dates, expansive box sets, and brand new music coming shortly. Listen to our recent Audacy Check In with frontman Rob Halford below to hear more about the band’s triumphant return to the stage in 2022 and much more.
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