Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Rock Hall: Carly Simon, Dolly, Lionel, Eminem, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Pat Benatar


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is better than could have been expected.

Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, the Eurythmics, and Pat Benatar are all in.

Heavy metal group Judas Priest got something called the Musical Excellent Award. But so did producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who really deserve it.

Harry Belafonte, who just turned 95, and Elizabeth Cotten, got the Early Influence Award.

And the Ahmet Ertegun Award for executives in the biz went to famed lawyer Allen Grubman, Interscope and Beats headphones founder Jimmy Iovine, and R&B exec-slash-singer Sylvia Robinson.

Yes, there are names missing, like Dionne Warwick, but I think we’ll see them next year.

For Dolly Parton, well, it was quite a rollercoaster with her saying she would decline the award. Then magically the other day she said she’d accept it. And now she’s got it. Funny how that all worked out!

This year’s ceremony will be held on November 5th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and air later on HBO and HBO Max.

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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