The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame CEO compared Eminem’s music to metal songs after the rapper was included on the list of inductees for 2022.
Eminem is one of eight artists to be inducted into the institution later this year, alongside Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Pat Benatar.
During a recent interview with Audacy, CEO Greg Harris commented on the rapper’s inclusion in the Class of 2022 and hip-hop’s place in Rock Hall. “For many years people have asked about hip-hop,” he said. “He’s the 10th artist to be sort of categorized that way.
“But you listen to his music, it’s as punchy and direct as any metal song. It’s right there. It’s a chest kick with a message and with power and with rhythm and with a band. We are delighted that he is entering [his] first year of eligibility, that’s a big statement.
Kate Bush, Beck, DEVO, Fela Kuti, MC5, New York Dolls, Rage Against The Machine and Dionne Warwick are other artists who made the initial roster for 2022 but did not make the final cut. The artists were voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals.
The class of 2022 will be inducted at an in-person ceremony, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The build-up to the Rock Hall results was filled with drama as Parton initially turned down the honour, saying she didn’t think she had “earned the right” to be included. However, she later said she would accept the induction if she received the votes after learning that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was not just for artists making rock music.
“I felt like I was taking it away from someone who maybe deserved it, definitely more than me since I never thought of myself as a rock artist,” she said. “But obviously there’s more to it than that.”
Last year, Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Gos, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren and more were inducted into the institution.