The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced today the following nominees for 2022 induction:

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

Judas Priest was previously on the ballot for Rock Hall induction in 2020, but failed to receive enough votes to make that year’s class.

Having been eligible for induction since 1999, the band was also on the ballot for the 2018 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but was ultimately left out of the inductee list.

Once again, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has named the individual band members that will enter should their group get inducted.

For Judas Priest they picked current members Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums), along with former members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and late drummer Dave Holland.

The New York Dolls members selected were singer David Johansen, bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane, drummer Billy Murcia, drummer Jerry Nolan, bassist Sylvain Sylvain and guitarist Johnny Thunders.

The MC5 lineup of bassist Michael Davis, guitarist/singer Wayne Kramer, guitarist/singer Fred “Sonic” Smith, drummer Dennis Thompson and singer Rob Tyner was picked.

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. Seven out of 17 of the nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Beck, Eminem, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon and A Tribe Called Quest. This is Eminem’s first year of eligibility.

“This year’s ballot recognizes a diverse group of incredible artists, each who has had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture”, said John Sykes, chairman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation. “Their music not only moved generations but also influenced the sound of countless artists that followed.”

Nominee ballots are sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry. 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.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate in the induction selection process with the 2022 Induction Fan Vote sponsored by Ohio. Today through April 29th, fans can vote every day at rockhall.com or at the museum in Cleveland. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2022 inductees.

Inductees will be announced in May 2022. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2022 induction ceremony will take place this fall. The date, venue, and on-sale information will be announced later.

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Mötorhead have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted Guns N’ Roses in that group’s first year of eligibility.

Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS didn’t get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.

Deep Purple was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn’t get inducted until 2016.

The Rock Hall didn’t induct Black Sabbath until 2006, and Metallica followed three years later. 

30 Responses

  1. Pay benatar
    Judas priest
    Dolly Parton
    Lionel Richie
    Duran duran
    And 2 write ins
    Barry Manilow
    Weird al Yankovic
    DO NOT LAUGH AT 2 WRITE INS…think about their contributions..better than half whats in now.

    1. Tom, I know you meant Pat Benatar 😉 and I agree with your list (and write ins) 100%! Nobody takes Weird Al seriously, and that’s ok, you’re not supposed to! But nobody was better at parodies than Yankovic.

    2. Doug, didnt notice the spell( im using the cellphone. ]).weird al bank account is serious.. guy put more effort and energy in his videos than guys put in their music.
      Is Styx in?.
      Foreigner might not be either but I don’t think they are a hall worthy band

    3. Nope, unfortunately Styx isn’t in either, which is ridiculous. Styx, Benatar, Priest, Maiden, Foreigner, they all should be in, but apparently rappers and sh-t bands like RATM are more important to the idiots at the HOF. Foreigner may not have a long extensive catalog, but they made a huge impact when they first came on the scene, same goes for Boston, it’s not about the quantity, it’s about the quality, and those first 2 albums from both Foreigner and Boston speak for themselves, all excellent. Another great artist from the ’70s that will never get in is Ted Nugent, it’s ok for U2 and RATM to be opinionated and speak their minds, but God forbid Uncle Ted voices his opinions, oh no, that doesn’t work for the so-called “committee” at the R&RHOF.

  2. Hi ..Sanctioning for Satan here…

    Rock and roll is undefinable and is a social construct manufactured by humans. If you can define rock and roll you then can decide who can be allowed to enter its museum.

    1. That’s right, and as I always “said,” they should remove the “Rock N’ Roll” from the title and just call it the “Music Hall of Fame. Music is an all encompassing term and “rock N roll” is far more specific.

    2. I’ve never agreed with something more than I agree with that. Call it the Music Hall of Fame. Then they can put whomever they want in it.

    3. Exactly, I have been saying that since I saw the first class. Rock N Roll is a specific genre of music, if one is also going to induct pop artists, rappers, folk singers, etc,. than you need to remove that term from the title, because those genres are not rock.

    4. My Grandmother would most definitely describe Duran Duran as Rock and Roll as would she Willie Nelson and Madonna. The point is that it is 100% subjective and of the opinion of the listener. There should not be a Rock and Roll HOF just the same as there can’t be a pizza topping HOF. Pineapple anyone?

  3. There are still dozens of snubs out there, for example – Alice In Chains. How the hell (and why) are Nirvana and Pearl Jam in the HOF, and AIC isn’t? And what about Sammy Hagar? He should’ve been in as a solo artist years ago, 3 HUGE Rock anthems, millions of albums sold worldwide, still rocking at 74 to sold-out crowds everywhere, I mean, what else do you have to do to get in the HOF? Suck? Oh well if that’s the criteria then RATM will get in with no problem.

  4. From this day forward, the Rock n Roll hall of fame, will just be the music hall of fame. Especially,considering they’re too stupid to change it, regardless how they are going forward.

    I’m sure this time around, Morellos’ group will get in, since his fellow nominating buddy Grohl’s group got in. Emenem ( That’s not a name that’s a chocolate candy) is the token rap artist. The others, it all depends on how it lands in the voting. If Pat Benatar, with Neil Gerardo doesn’t get in, then they’re not even worthy of the name music hall of fame. Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton all worthy in their respective fields, but Priest, there is no need to explain on this site.

    The whole idea of how rock n roll is as an idea is just stupid drivel from John Sykes (the evil alternate mirror universe version of the Real John Sykes)
    Guess, will see eventually but really just don’t care anymore (mike drop)

    1. Yes, Charles,

      Guitarist John Sykes, good. Veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, John Sykes, good. Corporate former head of Viacom, now President of iHeartMedia and Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John Sykes, bad.

    2. I agree, Charles, that little punk gives M&M’s a bad name! Can’t believe Mars, Inc. never sued his punk ass!

    1. Charles,

      Although I have been to the Bronx Zoo quite a few times over my life, I did not know that, either.

      I only learned that from watching the Animal Planet series, about the zoo, called The Zoo. John Sykes is one of their on staff veterinarians, who tends to the needs of all of the animal’s health care. It’s a great show, very informative and interesting, I highly recommend it.

    2. Oh yeah… wasn’t it – “Blane? That’s not a name, that’s a major appliance?” Or was it a piece of furniture? Something like that.

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