The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially inducted this year's class of nominees into its hallowed halls over the weekend, and there were some incredible moments you won't want to miss.
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This year, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Eminem, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, Carly Simon, and Judas Priest were honored during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as 2022's official class of inductees.
Following the big announcement, Country icon Parton said she was honored to receive so many fan votes to warrant her induction, although, "never meant to cause trouble or stir up any controversy." But all of that went right out the window when she took the stage to perform with many of her fellow inductees over the course of the evening. Dolly debuted her brand new, Rock Hall-inspired single "Rockin'" with fellow inductees Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, and Annie Lennox of Eurythmics, and was later joined by P!nk, Brandi Carlile, and Zac Brown Band for a performance of her classic "Jolene."
"I guess I'm a Rock star now," Dolly said as she accepted her induction from presenter P!nk. "Back when they said they were going to induct me into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I didn’t really think that I’d done enough to deserve that. I didn’t understand at the time. But this is a very, very special night for me."
Detroit rapper Eminem also had a star-studded stage for his induction performance. Starting with "My Name Is" and "Rap God," Slim Shady then welcomed Aerosmith's Steven Tyler on for a "Dream On/Sing For The Moment" duet, and then U.K. heartthrob Ed Sheeran to sing Dido’s parts on "Stan," before ending his six-song set with "Forever" and "Not Afraid."
During his induction speech, Eminem said he felt he shouldn’t be at the ceremony because he’s a rapper and "this is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," as well as his 2007 overdose. Instead, he named a whole host of other rappers he felt deserved the honor, including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and Snoop Dogg, as "just a few of the names that I hope will be considered in the future for induction because without them, a lot of us wouldn’t be here... I would not be here without them." Em added, "I’m a high-school dropout with a Hip Hop education and these were my teachers. It’s their night, as much as it is mine."
Other notable mentions from the epic evening include Olivia Rodrigo and presenter, Sara Bareilles' incredible tributes to inductee Carly Simon, who was unable to attend the ceremony, with Rodrigo's electrifying performance of "You're So Vain," and Bareilles' cover of "Nobody Does It Better."
Rockers Duran Duran opened up the night’s the show, albeit with a rocky start due to frontman Simon Le Bon’s vocals being the only thing heard for the first 30 seconds. Le Bon made light of the situation that will certainly not make it into the broadcast, joking it was, “just to prove to you that we weren’t lip-synching!” The band then played through a medley of their hits including “Girls On Film,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and “Ordinary World.”
During their acceptance speech, Le Bon read a message from guitarist Andy Taylor which announced he was absent from the evening because he was recenty diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Le Bon later said in the press room, “It is devastating news to find out that a colleague, not a colleague, a mate, a friend, one of our family, is not gonna be around for very long. It is absolutely devastating. We love Andy dearly. I’m not gonna stand here and cry or anything, that would be inappropriate, but that’s what I feel like.”
Other notable mentions include Lionel Richie's induction performance of his hits “Hello” and “All Night Long,” and The Commodores’ hit “Easy,” joined by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl; Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics' performance of “Would I Lie to You?,” “Missionary Man,” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This);” and Sheryl Crow's induction of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, whose songwriting she deemed "impossible to replicate."
Also honored this year were singer/songwriter Harry Belafonte and guitarist Elizabeth Cotten with special Early Influence Awards, as well as Musical Excellence awards for Judas Priest and production duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Fans can watch this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, November 19 at 8PM ET on HBO and streaming on HBO Max.
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