Rage Against the Machine, Judas Priest, New York Dolls, Eminem, Beck, Pat Benatar, MC5, and many more among the nominees for the class of 2022 of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seventeen acts have been nominated with seven on the ballot for the very first time: Eminem, Beck, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, and A Tribe Called Quest. Eminem is in his first year of eligibility for rapper. The fan voting is also open as of today on the Rock Hall’s website, but only counts for a tiny portion of the final talley and not really a factor in who is voted in.
John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation commented, “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.”
For Rage Against the Machine, New York Dolls, Kate Bush, DEVO, Fela Kuti, this is their second consecutive year receiving a nomination while MC5, who have been eligible since 1991, and Judas Priest, who have been eligible since 1999, made a reappearance on the nominee list.
“To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination,” states a press release from the Rock Hall, “Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation, and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.”
Fans can also vote for who they would like to see inducted later this year. The opportunity runs from today (Feb. 2) through April 29 and fans can vote every day at the Rock Hall website or at the museum in Ohio. The top five vote-earners will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be included among the ballot tally of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Nominees
Rage Against The Machine
New York Dolls
A Tribe Called Quest