Rapper Eminem, R&B and hip-hop singer Lionel Richie, and country singer Dolly Parton are among the first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2022. Other notable nominees include A Tribe Called Quest, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Judas Priest, Carly Simon, Beck, and Rage Against The Machine.
All in all, there are 17 total nominations, with seven appearing on the ballot for the first time. To be eligible for a nomination, an artist or band must have released their first commercial recording 25 years prior to the nomination.
A number of factors are considered for nominees, such as depth and length of career, influence on other artists, and innovation and body of work. “This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes explained.
“Their music not only moved generations, but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”
Eminem, who’s set to perform at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show along with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige, made the ballot on his first year of eligibility. To say the Detroit legend changed the rap game with songs like “Without Me,” “The Real Slim Shady,” and “Stan” would be an understatement.
Eminem — born Marshall Mathers — has seen record sales of over 220 million worldwide, and has five albums that have reached over 10 million sales. Much of that success can be contributed to “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which has hit over 21 million sales.
Throughout his career, the rapper has been embroiled in controversy, along with experiencing personal issues and addictions due to an unstable upbringing. Despite the obstacles, his ability to spit out lyrics at insane speeds — just take a listen to “Rap God” — while also diving into deep storytelling that often combines dark humor, societal issues, and satire cemented his place as one of the top artists of the late 90s and 2000s.
When thinking of Dolly Parton, “women empowerment” might come to mind. The singer has had 26 singles reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s country charts, a record for a female artist. Among her top hits are “9 to 5,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” and “I Will Always Love You.”
According to the prestigious institution, Parton — who carries “songwriting talent, vocal and instrumental prowess, charisma, and trademark style” — has written nearly 3,000 songs and recorded more than 50 albums.
Parton didn’t just stick to music, however, as the 76-year-old also ventured into the role of an actress, author, and businesswoman. She’s widely celebrated for her humanitarian work, which includes a number of non-profit organizations, funds, scholarships, along with voices of support for multiple rights movements.
Lionel Richie rose to fame as a member of the Commodores in the 1970s, and never looked back. Thanks to his relaxing voice, provocative storytelling, and hits such as “Easy,” “Lady,” and “We Are The World” with Michael Jackson, Richie would eventually tie the record for the number of Grammy nominations for Song of the Year with six.
Typically, five to seven artists are inducted each year. The 2022 inductees will be announced in May, while the induction ceremony will take place sometime in the fall.
Andrew Rhoades is a Contributing Reporter at The National Digest based in New York. A Saint Joseph’s University graduate, Rhoades’ reporting includes sports, U.S., and entertainment. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.