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Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

In its citation, the hall call­ed Parton 'a living legend and a paragon of female empower­ment'

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Dolly Parton
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Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton (pictured), who initially resisted the honour.

The honorees — voted on by more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry professionals — “each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock ’n’ roll”, said John Sykes, the chairman of the Rock Hall, in a statement on Wednesday.

Parton had gone on social media to “respectfully bow out” of the process, saying she did not want to take votes away from the remaining nominees and had not “earned that right”. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation responded by saying ballots had already been sent and it was up to the voters to decide if Parton was elected. Parton later said she would accept an induction.

In its citation, the hall call­ed Parton “a living legend and a paragon of female empower­ment”, adding, “Her cross­over success broadened the aud­ie­nce for country music and exp­anded the hori­zons for count­less artists who followed.”

To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to in­duction. Parton, Richie, Simon and Duran Duran were select­ed on their first go-round. Sim­on was a first-time nomi­nee this year more than 25 years after becoming eligi­ble. Emin­em becomes the 10th hip-hop act to be inducted, making the cut on his first ballot.

The hall also announced on Wednesday that Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are getting the award for musical excellence and that Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be honoured with the Early Influence Award.

Other artists and groups that failed this year for induction in the performer category are A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Dionne Warwick, Beck, Kate Bush, DEVO, Fela Kuti, MC5 and the New York Dolls.

Parton is most associated with country music and is in the Country Hall of Fame, but she has performed songs with a rock feel. Artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers.

The induction ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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First Published: Wed, May 04 2022. 23:10 IST