This morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their seventeen nominees for 2022’s Hall of Fame induction. The shortlist includes Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, and Kate Bush. Sounds like a fantastic hypothetical dinner party. If anybody got too big for their britches (Simon Le Bon), Dionne would tear them a new asshole. Then she’d order Kate Bush to ease the tension by dancing. And Kate totally would (Babooshka-stylez), because nobody says no to Dionne.
The other potential inductees are Carly Simon, Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, DEVO, The Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, New York Dolls, MC5, and A Tribe Called Quest. Many of the artists have been nominated before, but Dolly, Beck, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, and Eminem are all first-timers. To be eligible for induction, the celebs need to have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years ago. Eminem’s first EP came out in 1997, so 2022 is the first year he’s eligible. Oh god, we’re old.
More than a thousand music industry types will vote on who they think should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. According to a press release, the voters will “take into account factors like the artists’ musical influence on others, the length and depth of their career and more.” The “and more” refers to who gives them the best hand jobs.
Starting today, lowly civilians like you and I can vote for their favorite artists online. The five artists with the most votes will make up a special “fans’ ballot” that’ll be tallied up with the other ballots to determine 2022’s nominees. The official inductees will be announced in May, and the ceremony will take place sometime in the fall. John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said this in a statement, via People:
“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture. Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”
This is basically the same statement as last year when John bragged that 2021’s Hall of Famers (led by long-overdue inductee Tina Turner!) were “the most diverse class in the history of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” and, once again, used the oh-so-hip phrase “youth culture.” Somebody get this man a thesaurus!