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.