The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning unveiled 17 nominees for its Class of 2022, a field that includes Kate Bush, Duran Duran, Devo, Eurythmics, MC5, Dolly Parton, A Tribe Called Quest, Beck, Donne Warwick, New York Dolls and Fela Kuti.
Also on the ballot: Rage Against the Machine, Pat Benatar, Eminem, Judas Priest, Carly Simon and Lionel Richie.
The final list of inductees is expected to be announced in May after the Rock Hall’s membership votes. Details for this year’s induction ceremony, likely sometime this fall, haven’t been announced.
Fans can also cast their votes for their favorites, though that only adds a single vote to each of the top five artists in the fan vote, tallied through April 29.
Artists are eligible for nomination into the Rock Hall beginning 25 years after their first release. Kate Bush previously was nominated in 2017 and 2021, and Devo was nominated in 2018 and 2021. First-time nominees include Duran Duran, A Tribe Called Quest, Dolly Parton, Beck, Eminem, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon
Last year, the Rock Hall inducted The Go-Go’s and Kraftwerk, while Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails made it in the year before. In 2019, The Cure was inducted alongside Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and more.
Here’s the full list of Class of 2022 nominees:
- Pat Benatar
- Kate Bush
- Duran Duran
- Judas Priest
- Fela Kuti
- New York Dolls
- Dolly Parton
- Rage Against the Machine
- Lionel Richie
- Carly Simon
- A Tribe Called Quest
- Dionne Warwick
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Missing in the nominations… Ted Nugent
Why? He broke no new ground whatsoever. I don’t care about his politics (although I disagree with him), but on the merits he has no business in the Hall. And if you think so, then certainly he has no business being in before the likes of Bad Company, Styx, or even Kansas, all of which were tremendously more successful and had far more enduring hits than Ted Nugent.
It’s insane that Devo didn’t make it back in 2018 – this needs to happen in 2022. That said, Duran Duran exceeds even the highest standards for sales, singles, longevity, poplularity, etc. – and their latest release last year wasn’t too shabby neither. Would be amazing to see Kate Bush and/or Beck make it in also.
My guess is that Beck, along with Eminem are the two front runners for induction. If Kate Bush had a higher profile in the US, she likely would have been inducted a few years ago.
But then again we are talking about people who have nominated Lionel Richie so who knows what their thought process is.
I would disagree with you on who are the front-runners. I think it is Rage Against the Machine and Duran Duran. I won’t go into why the MC5 and New York Dolls should get in (they should), but I doubt that either will. I would say that Eminem is a no-go right now. First, although he is huge, voters will have an issue with lots of his lyrics – misogynistic and violent. Second, how can you induct Eminem one year after denying it to LL Cool J? Third, the Hall will be reluctant to induct a white hip hop artist when Tribe Called Quest is also on the ballot. Beck will make it one day, but not this year. Too quirky and goofy for a first-time ballot (not insulting him. I think he is great). Tribe Called Quest should not make it because, again, how can they get in before LL Cool J and Eric B and Rakim, for that matter — both of whom were bigger and more influential — note, LL Cool J is one of the biggest and most influential rappers of all time, the first to have a long-term career. It makes no sense that he is not in there (despite the consultation prize they gave him last year).
After RATM and DD, I would say that the next tier would be Devo, Pat Benatar, and Lionel Richie. Why? Devo is an obvious choice for sheer artistic boundary pushing. Plus, they have been nominated many times. They fit the Todd Rundgrun slot this year.
Pat Benatar didn’t break any new musical ground in her time, but she was the first successful “chick who could rock.” And for a time, she was one of the biggest acts in the country. I will always remember that she sold out two nights at the L.A. Forum in two hours in her heyday. Also, you will notice that she is the only female among my choices, and there is no way that the Hall is inducting five acts with no females — Kate Bush won’t get it because no one in the US knows her; Dolly Parton is not rock and roll; Doinne Warwick is not rock and roll and sleep inducing (and they just did Whitney); Carly Simon doesn’t deserve it; and Eurythmics just seem unlikely as a first-time ballot, although people love Annie Lennox. That leaves Pat Benatar, and she probably deserves it for opening the path for women to be successful in rock and roll (I know, I know, Patti Smith and the Runaways — neither was a commercial success and neither even approached the level of success that Benatar had).
Judas Priest — look, at some point, the Hall has to recognize heavy metal. What better act to do it with than Judas Priest? Ok, maybe Iron Maiden would be better, but I digress. The problem for Judas Priest is that they have to compete for the fifth slot with Lionel Richie. And if we are going on records sales and cultural impact, he deserves it both as a solo act (countless hits, but the performance at the 1984 Olympics closing ceremony is ingrained in the culture) and as a member of the Commodores (lots of hits, but Brick House was a “super freak” like phenomena in the late 70s – yes, I know he was not the lead vocal on that, but he wrote it). I get hung up on the fact that he is not really rock and roll, but I guess that doesn’t matter anymore (see Whitney Houston). So I’ve talked myself into Lionel Richie over Judas Priest. Too bad, but looks like metal once again will get the shaft.
And for the guy who said Ted Nugent is a glaring omission, I would say that the omission of New Order is much more problematic. Talk about carving new ground in their time . . .
You may be right. I’m just going by a gut reaction based on seeing the nominee list for the first time. I don’t have a great track record on this sort of thing.
I would clarify that this is the second nomination for Eurythmics. They were nominated a few years ago. Would love to see them get in, but my guess is Duran Duran has a better shot and they won’t go with TWO of the members of the 1983 MTV crowd in the same year.
Likewise I think it is possible that either MCS or New York Dolls could make the cut, but not both. There’s a decent chance they will split the vote and cancel each other out which could also happen with DD and Eurythmics.
In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter a flip. The Hall showed a long time ago that its credibility is limited at best.
Seriously… just take a small amount of time to think and maybe just maybe, consider
Midge Ure / ULTRAVOX! that Midge Ure alone has deserved most than anyone at the RnR HOF. Midge Ure and John Foxx haven’t even had a sniff because of the myopic people who are not worthy of being in the position of voting for true artists and their contributions to this time in Rock history. I agree as well with New Order… WAY OVER DUE!
AND… Has anyone ever given one nano-second of time to appreciate PAUL WELLER let alone The JAM??? Good God who are these deaf idiots??
Why are we still calling this the “Rock & Roll” Hall of Fame???
Their inducting so many that are anything but “R&R”
Start Over and truly be creative and name it something else or just
STOP IT ALL COMPLETELY – FIGURE IT OUT!
Still no Warren Zevon?
Time for the annual re-reading of the Sex Pistols letter:
Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming.
Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons.
Your anonymous as judges, but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL
Kate Bush is more prestigious than Carly Simon, Pat Benatar or Eurythmics. She is not however a greater artist than Dolly or Dionne. Rage Against The Machine are more important than Duran Duran or Judas Priest but not as innovative as compared to New York Dolls or Devo. Lionel is legendary in both pop & r&b. MC5 should get in as a pioneer act & not have to compete with Beck or Fela. Eminem will get in before A Tribe Called Quest.
Not that it matters at all… but it might be good to have two categories at this point. More Recent acts (say in the first five years of their eligibility) and the Legacy Acts, which look at the more formative and influential acts that likely younger generations have never heard about. (This of course, relates to a lot of what I would consider seminal acts, but I’m someone who grew up in the seventies and eighties, and those artists aren’t as relevant to the modern world.
1) The newer acts have fewer slots each year, so it is more competitive, but…
2) They aren’t competing against worthy legacy acts that have a different pool of slots to vie for.
All that said, looks like I’m voting for Kate Bush and MC5 and Fela Kuti again.
I will never visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unless the Smith get in. They haven’t even gotten nominated. Fuck the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Two bigs that were eligible years and years ago and never nominated: ELP and King Crimson! Both groundbreaking groups with influence that extends to all corners of music. How many “best keyboard, bass, guitar,drum” polls have members of these two groups received? RRHOF inducted Rush and Yes, and both of those groups either claim ELP/Crimson as influences or had members of those groups in theirs.
Dionne is in.
LL Cool J was inducted last year.