The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony on November 5, 2022 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Inductees included Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Eminem, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were inducted as performers. Music producers and writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis received their honor for musical excellence in a group with Judas Priest. Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten received the Early Influences Honorary Induction, and Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine and Sylvia Robinson received the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Like all Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, there have been highs and lows, and it all depends on your personal experience with the artists in question and how you are coping with the passing of your loved one. youth. This class had a lot of people I grew up listening to on the car radio and on vinyl. For me, the highlights were Pat Benatar and his music and life partner Neil Giraldo. I always thought that while Benatar was note in the pantheon of popular performers, she was still underestimated.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have been recognized for their pop music canon as songwriters and producers, working with everyone from Michael and Janet Jackson to Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey. The Eurythmics, made up of vocalist Annie Lennox and musician Dave Stewart, also brought their talents to the show and were well worth watching. Duran Duran gave a strong performance after battling technical difficulties at the venue. Missing Andy Taylor, who could not be present due to illness (he has been battling metastatic prostate cancer for a few years). Lead singer Simon LeBon read a statement from Taylor during their induction. Lionel Richie performed some of his hits and shared the stage with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who performed a guitar solo on “Like Sunday Morning.”
The big ticket of the night was Dolly Parton, who was widely voted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. She initially turned down the nomination, saying she didn’t think she deserved the ‘right’, before being overwhelmed with an embarrassing amount of adulation and slack. Parton performed “Jolene” with the rest of the band at the end of the show, but not before dropping a new song about her life’s relationship with Rock and Roll music. She’s one of the greatest for a reason.