Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Rock Hall Nominees for Induction Include Carly Simon, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran


The list of nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of ’22 include many who’ve been overlooked in the past.

That list starts with Carly Simon, who should’ve been in a long time ago. Simon is one of the holy trinity of female superstar singer songwriters that also includes Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Carly’s hits include “You’re So Vain,” “Nobody Does it Better,” and “Coming Around Again.” She won an Oscar for “Let the River Run” from “Working Girl.” It’s absolutely ridiculous that such an influential and successful performer isn’t in the Rock Hall. Let’s hope this year changes that.

New to the nominees list is Eminem. He’ll likely get in on the first ballot.

The Eurythmics are on the list. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart should be a no brainer. Also up from this era, Duran Duran. It’s going to one or the other. I say Eurythmics.

Pop superstar Lionel Richie, who has nothing to do with rock and roll, may also enjoy an easy time of it. He’s very popular and has lots of hits. But rock? Doesn’t matter.

Pat Benatar, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton, the MC5, and the New York Dolls have all been on the list in the past but didn’t make it. Benatar is actually a rock act. Dionne is pop R&B and has influenced so many singers and performers. Dolly is beloved but she is country.

UK performer Kate Bush, devoid of US hits, is a dark horse candidate. Others on the list include Fela Kuti, Rage Against the Machine, Devo, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Judas Priest.

The final list of nominees comes in May. Here’s one of my Carly faves. She set the standard for cool, ironic lyrics.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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